Thursday, 4 November 2010

Unit 2 - Wizard of Oz (1939)

Directed by Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy and King Vidor. This film was one of the first colour films that came out in 1939. The people of that time were very excited about it but seeing it at the beginning made them disappointed until Dorothy arrived at Oz. Everything came into colour when she stepped outside of her house that was caught by a twister.

"The following program is brought to you in living color--with portions in black & white--on NBC."
(DonFL, The Wizard of Oz, IMDb, 2003.)

The environment between Oz and Kansas is in the same area but what is changed about them both is that Oz has extra details in those environments like the poppies, the yellow brick road, trees, buildings, emerald city and it's in technicolour. The environment in Kansas has a farm, fences, a barn, a house, a deserted area and it's in black and white. The sounds were effective for scenes such as the twister, the witch appearing/disappearing, inside the witch's castle and so on.

"The dry sepia techni-colored Kansas environment and the dialogs sound so affected until the land of OZ."
(shutterbug_iconium, The Wizard of Oz, IMDb, 2006.)

Near the end of the film, Dorothy was asked on what she had learned. Basically, telling her what she should do to solve the problems she had in Kansas and as well as to see if she has grown up a little. At the beginning, she acted like a child, getting in everyone's way and don't know what to do about her dog getting into trouble. In Oz, her adventure helps her to act a bit more like an adult and showing how to solve her problems by the help of Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and Glinda.

"Oz is meant to represent the colorful palette of our imagination but for Dorothy it is also a place where she does some growing up."
(Bothan, The Wizard of Oz, IMDb, 2004.)

No comments: