- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: BFI Publishing; First Edition edition (1 April 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0851703003
- ISBN-13: 978-0851703008
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 0.6 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The "Wizard of Oz" (BFI Film Classics) Paperback – 1 Apr 1992
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Salman Rushdie argues The Wizard of Oz is a film that speaks to the exile. His insights are rounded off with the short story, At the Auction of the Ruby Slippers
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
The Wizard of Oz 'was my very first literary influence,' writes Salman Rushdie in his
account of the great MGM children's classic. At the age of ten he had written a story,
'Over the Rainbow', about a colourful fantasy world. But for Rushdie The Wizard of Oz
is more than a children's film, and more than a fantasy. It's a story whose driving
force is the inadequacy of adults, in which 'the weakness of grown-ups forces
children to take control of their own destinies'. And Rushdie rejects the conventional
view that its fantasy of escape from reality ends with a comforting return to home,
sweet home. On the contrary, it is a film that speaks to the exile. The Wizard of Oz
shows that imagination can become reality, that there is no such place like home,
or rather that the only home is the one we make for ourselves.
Rushdie's brilliant insights into a film more often seen than written about are
rounded off with his typically scintillating short story, 'At the Auction of the Ruby
Slippers,' about the day when Dorothy's red shoes are knocked down to $15,000 at a
sale of MGM props …
In his foreword to this special edition, published to celebrate the 20th anniversary of
the BFI Film Classics series, Rushdie looks back to the circumstances in which he
wrote the book, when, in the wake of the controversy surrounding The Satanic Verses
and the issue of a fatwa against him, the idea of home and exile held a particular
resonance. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
Ironically, eight or nine years ago when I bought this book I loved it. It certainly shows me how superb are many of the other entrants in the BFI Film Classics series that after reading have diminished this one in comparison.
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Rushdie, as outsider/insider, helps one return to the joy of first seeing the movie; he also provides some of the more delicious gossip and facts about this movie -- unlikely as I am to ever read a full book the film, Rushdie captures surely some of its best behind-the-scenes stories (yes: midgets, sweating, original actors, and the slippers).
This book is a great read: the author is able to remind us how so many good elements (the visual storytelling, Garland's voice, the lyrics, the political incorrectness) bleed together into this wonderful movie.
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