- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Chicago Review Press; 75th Anniversary ed. edition (October 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1613748329
- ISBN-13: 978-1613748329
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Making of The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary ed. Edition
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About the Author
Aljean Harmetz is the author of The Making of Casablanca, On the Road to Tara: The Making of Gone with the Wind, Rolling Breaks and Other Movie Business, and a novel, Off the Face of the Earth. She spent twelve years as the Hollywood and West Coast cultural reporter at the New York Times.
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For most of the actors, working on “The Wizard of Oz” was just a job and a paycheck. There are many first person accounts of the artistry and business plans behind the movie. Actors’ personality quirks and rumors about the production are all discussed. The book points out that MGM did not break even financially until the movie was sold to TV networks for repeated airings in the 1950s-80s. It was because of these broadcasts, which were big annual events drawing millions of viewers, that “The Wizard of Oz” became such a huge cultural phenomenon and lodged itself into the hearts and minds of generations of Americans. This is a wonderful book for "Oz" fans and movie lovers in general.
I'm a lifelong diehard Star Wars fan and I doubt even my favorite movie of all time will hold quite the same appeal as the Wizard of Oz does now in 2052 when it turns 75 (but I hope so, of course).
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