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Most Influential Movie Of All Time, The Wizard of Oz | #69

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They simply don’t make films like this anymore, we no longer have stars like Judy Garland and practical affects are slowly being pushed off our screens. The Wizard of Oz is one of the most mystical, magical movie to have ever been created. A true monument of cinema and a true depiction and living proof of how unique and groundbreaking movies can be. In this classic musical fantasy, Judy Garland stars as Dorothy Gale, a young Kansas farm girl who dreams of a land somewhere over the rainbow but we all know that. Most of us should be familiar with The Wizard of Oz through one way or another, whether you watched the original as a child, have read the book or watched one of the many adaptions to follow. This story is timeless and untouchable in the eyes of any film lover.


Making history with its use of technicolour, fantasy storytelling, musical score and memorable, well constructed characters. The Wizard of Oz was considered a critical success and was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, ultimately winning Best Original Song for "Over the Rainbow" and Best Original Score. With modern audiences this film may not stand out for a few reasons, it’s dated, it’s a little old fashioned but ultimately, this film represents history. This film is history, cinema history. The Wizard of Oz


“According to a group of Italian researchers who analysed 47,000 films across 26 genres, the most influential movie ever made is . . . The Wizard of Oz” [Yohana Desta, Vanity Fair, 2018], and personally, I am not surprised.

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