Thursday, July 22, 2010

What If?

Lots to think about.

I've been hearing these economy-based explanations of the Wizard of Oz for years. When I retire, I need to really study this, starting with reading the whole series.


nanoboy said...

Also, try doing "The Dark Side of Oz," also known as "The Dark Side of the Rainbow," a truly awesome experience. To do so, you will need "The Wizard of Oz" original movie and Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" album. Set the album to repeat and start the movie but mute the audio. On the third roar of the MGM lion, play the CD.

The album will run about two and a half times through the movie, but it is truly amazing. Munchkins dance to the music, the lyrics put different spins on characters and actions. The tempo changes with the tension in the movie. It is truly an amazing thing. Also, the album seems to be sympathetic to the Wicked Witch of the West.

For example, the Wicked Witch of the West appears while the song "Us and Them" is playing. When she appears in her black witch costume, the lyrics say, "Black, black, black, black, and..." The camera switches over to Dorothy, and the line continues, "blue, blue, blue, blue." Dorothy is wearing her blue dress, of course. The next line says, "And who knows which is which, and who is who?" "Which" is clearly a pun of "witch" in this case.

Anyway, do that. Also, the books are supposed to be really good.

Trishb said...

There's been an ongoing re-read of all the Oz books over at for a while. You may find it worthwhile to check out. Some of the cultural attitudes entrenched in the many of the books come as a bit of a shock. They shouldn't, but they still do.