The Wizard Of Oz Part Twelve
This is the final Part of The Wizard Of Oz, however it’s not the last blog I’ll make on The Wizard Of Oz, it’s not going to be now. In The Wizard Of Oz Part Twelve, I’m typing you about how this film has impacted this world, and what value the ruby slippers are worth, which I found amazing. How some people would buy something that is worn by someone else is really kind of creepy. I mean just because it’s connected to this film, the value goes up,and everyone wants it. Well I don’t know about you, but I’m going to watch a limited DVD box set of The Wizard Of Oz(just look at it through the plastic wrapper, at lease no one touched the inner wrapper.
Regarding the original Baum storybook, it has been said that “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is America’s greatest and best-loved home grown fairytale. The first totally American fantasy for children, it is one of the most-read children’s books … and despite its many particularly American attributes, including a wizard from Omaha, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has universal appeal.”
The film also has been deemed “culturally significant” by the United States Library of Congress, which selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry in 1989. In June 2007, the film was listed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register. The film placed at number 86 on Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments. In 1977, Aljean Harmetz wrote The Making of The Wizard of Oz, a detailed description of the creation of the film based on interviews and research; it was updated in 1989.
Because of their iconic stature, the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz are now among the most treasured and valuable film memorabilia in movie history. The silver slippers that Dorothy wore in the book series were changed to ruby to take advantage of the new Technicolor process. Adrian, MGM’s chief costume designer, was responsible for the final design. A number of pairs were made, though no one knows exactly how many.
After filming, the shoes were stored among the studio’s extensive collection of costumes and faded from attention. They were found in the basement of MGM’s wardrobe department during preparations for a mammoth auction in 1970. One pair was the highlight of the auction, going for a then unheard of $15,000 to an anonymous buyer, who apparently donated them to the Smithsonian Institution in 1979. Four other pairs are known to exist; one sold for $666,000 at auction in 2000. A pair was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and remains missing.
Another, differently styled pair not used in the film was sold at auction with the rest of her collections by owner actress Debbie Reynolds for $510,000 (not including the buyer’s premium) in June 2011.
Impact upon LGBT culture
The Wizard of Oz has been identified as being of importance to the LGBT community, in part due to Judy Garland’s starring role.
Attempts have been made to determine the film’s impact on LGBT-identified persons: Editors Corey K. Creekmur and Alexander Doty, in their introduction to Out in Culture: Gay, Lesbian and Queer Essays on Popular Culture (1995, Duke University Press), write that the film’s gay resonance and interpretations depends entirely upon camp. Some have attempted a more serious interpretation of the film: for example, Cassell’s Encyclopedia of Queer Myth, Symbol and Spirit: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Lore quotes therapist Robert Hopcke as saying that the dreary reality of Kansas implies the presence of homophobia and is contrasted with the colorful and accepting land of Oz;” they state that when shown in gay venues, the film is “transformed into a rite celebrating acceptance and community.” Queer theorists have drawn parallels between LGBT people and characters in the film, specifically pointing to the characters’ double lives and Dorothy’s longing “for a world in which her inner desires can be expressed freely and fully.”