The Wizard of Oz

Family flick, gay cult movie, midnight stoner jamboree—it doesn’t really matter how you categorize this 1939 classic, tonight celebrating its 70th birthday in theaters around the country. It couldn’t be sweeter or more family friendly—however your family is defined. Expect gays, straights, and kids of all derivations to sing along, misty-eyed, to the timeless songs by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg. The Wizard of Oz has its roots in the book series begun by L. Frank Baum in 1900, but it’s really a Depression-era picture reflecting both the sadness and hope of that era. For all today’s CGI wonders, there’s nothing quite like the moment when Judy Garland wakes up in a Technicolor Oz. No DVD or giant plasma screen TV can really do the scene justice. TCM host Robert Osborne will provide an introduction via satellite. (G) BRIAN MILLER

Tue., Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m., 2009

 
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