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Miklos Laszlo, a Jewish émigré from Hungary, penned his play Illatszertar in 1936 before he fled Europe in 1938 for New York City. Acquired by producer-director Ernst Lubitsch and brilliantly adapted for the screen as The Shop Around the Corner (1940) by the immortal Samson Raphaelson (who wrote nine screenplays for Lubitsch including Trouble in Paradise, The Merry Widow and Heaven Can Wait), the sublime cast included James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, Frank Morgan, Joseph Schildkraut and Felix Bressart. It represents perhaps the very pinnacle of transcendent romantic comedy in cinema: precise, subtle, intricately intimate. The material was remade as a
- Myron Meisel
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has unveiled the first three movies in the lineup for the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival, including the recently restored Gone with the Wind (1939) and a presentation of The Wizard of Oz (1939) in its stunning new IMAX 3D format. Set to take place in Hollywood April 10-13, the fifth-annual edition of the festival will also include a screening of the Harold Lloyd comedy classic Why Worry? (1923), with legendary silent-film composer Carl Davis conducting the live world premiere performance of his new original score. Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz are each celebrating their 75th anniversaries in 2014.
Passes for the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival are set to go on sale to the public Thursday, Nov. 14, at noon (Et). Passes can be purchased exclusively through the official festival website: http://www.tcm.com/festival. Descriptions for the first three films on the festival slate are included below. »
- Melissa Thompson
The happiest 15 minutes in the history of cinema really pop off the screen in the new 3-D IMAX conversion of "The Wizard of Oz." Those minutes, coming as Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) steps into the Technicolor wonder of the Merry Olde Land of Oz, are as giddy, goofy and gloriously kitschy as ever -- singing and dancing dwarfs, silly trilling Broadway star Billie Burke (as Glenda, the Good Witch), gorgeous primary colors in every pixel of the frame.
And thanks to 3-D and digitally cleaned-up copies of the film, the details are nothing short of stunning, even if the depth of field isn't improved much from when Victor Fleming pointed the camera at those sets 75 years ago. The sheen on the fake plants shimmers, the freckles show beneath Garland's ruby-red made-up cheeks and the stitches stand out in the burlap face of Scarecrow Ray Bolger.
Garland's wise-beyond-her-years crooning, full of »
Movie lovers who trek to theaters for the Imax 3D presentation of “The Wizard of Oz” may be astonished to discover something about the beloved classic: It’s a laugh riot.
At least, that’s what surprised the team at Warner Bros. after they restored the picture in preparation for conversion to 3D and to Imax format.
“When I’m working on these in a room without an audience, you don’t quite get the humor of it,” said Ned Price, chief preservation officer at Warner Bros. technical operations. Price recounted studying the film in meticulous detail, making sure the color was right and the brightness and contrast were correct. “But then when you’re done with a project, you present with an audience, the laughter and the timing of the film is amazing.”
“The Wizard of Oz” was made by MGM in 1939 but Warner acquired it when it bought »
- David S. Cohen
With IMAX’s re-rerelease of the Warner Brothers classic The Wizard Of Oz, check out this special Behind the Frame featurette. This particular episode goes behind-the-scenes with both IMAX and Warner Brothers to shed light on the iconic classic brought back to life.
Adapted from L. Frank Baum’s timeless children’s tale about a Kansas girl’s journey over the rainbow,The Wizard of Oz™ opened at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on August 15, 1939. The film was directed by Victor Fleming (who that same year directed Gone With the Wind), produced by Mervyn LeRoy, and scored by Herbert Stothart, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. Dorothy™ was portrayed by a 4’11″ sixteen-year-old girl who quickly earned her reputation as “the world’s greatest entertainer”—the incomparable Judy Garland. Ray Bolger appeared as the Scarecrow™; Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion™, Jack Haley as the Tin Man™. Frank Morgan »
- Michelle McCue
Adapted from L. Frank Baum’s timeless children’s tale about a Kansas girl’s journey over the rainbow, The Wizard of Oz™ opened at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on August 15, 1939. The film was directed by Victor Fleming (who that same year directed Gone With the Wind), produced by Mervyn LeRoy, and scored by Herbert Stothart, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. Dorothy™ was portrayed by a 4’11″ sixteen-year-old girl who quickly earned her reputation as “the world’s greatest entertainer”—the incomparable Judy Garland. Ray Bolger appeared as the Scarecrow™; Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion™, Jack Haley as the Tin Man™. Frank Morgan was seen in six different roles, including that of the wonderful “Wizard of Oz™” himself.
The film was an overwhelmingly popular and critical success upon its initial release and repeated its ability to captivate audiences when M-g-m reissued the film in 1949 and »
- Movie Geeks
Mickey Rooney movie schedule (Pt): TCM on August 13 See previous post: “Mickey Rooney Movies: Music and Murder.” Photo: Mickey Rooney ca. 1940. 3:00 Am Death On The Diamond (1934). Director: Edward Sedgwick. Cast: Robert Young, Madge Evans, Nat Pendleton, Mickey Rooney. Bw-71 mins. 4:15 Am A Midsummer Night’S Dream (1935). Director: Max Reinhardt and William Dieterle. Cast: James Cagney, Dick Powell, Olivia de Havilland, Ross Alexander, Anita Louise, Mickey Rooney, Joe E. Brown, Victor Jory, Ian Hunter, Verree Teasdale, Jean Muir, Frank McHugh, Grant Mitchell, Hobart Cavanaugh, Dewey Robinson, Hugh Herbert, Arthur Treacher, Otis Harlan, Helen Westcott, Fred Sale, Billy Barty, Rags Ragland. Bw-143 mins. 6:45 Am A Family Affair (1936). Director: George B. Seitz. Cast: Mickey Rooney, Lionel Barrymore, Cecilia Parker, Eric Linden. Bw-69 mins. 8:00 Am Boys Town (1938). Director: Norman Taurog. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Henry Hull, Leslie Fenton, Gene Reynolds, Edward Norris, Addison Richards, Minor Watson, Jonathan Hale, »
- Andre Soares
Lana Turner movies: Scandal and more scandal Lana Turner is Turner Classic Movies’ "Summer Under the Stars" star today, Saturday, August 10, 2013. I’m a little — or rather, a lot — late in the game posting this article, but there are still three Lana Turner movies left. You can see Turner get herself embroiled in scandal right now, in Douglas Sirk’s Imitation of Life (1959), both the director and the star’s biggest box-office hit. More scandal follows in Mark Robson’s Peyton Place (1957), the movie that earned Lana Turner her one and only Academy Award nomination. And wrapping things up is George Sidney’s lively The Three Musketeers (1948), with Turner as the ruthless, heartless, remorseless — but quite elegant — Lady de Winter. Based on Fannie Hurst’s novel and a remake of John M. Stahl’s 1934 melodrama about mother love, class disparities, racism, and good cooking, Imitation of Life was shown on »
- Andre Soares
The story is set in modern-day New York City and will feature characters inspired by The Wizard of Oz. The concept is similar to what the producers did with their CBS series Elementary that is inspired by Sherlock Holmes and Watson.
The Wizard of Oz has been in the news a lot lately, with Warner Bros. announcing this summer that they are re-releasing the 1939 classic in IMAX 3D this September, to be followed by a 75th Anniversary Collector's Edition Blu-ray 3D release on October 1.
Ramon Novarro and Greta Garbo in ‘Mata Hari’: The wrath of the censors (See previous post: "Ramon Novarro in One of the Best Silent Movies.") George Fitzmaurice’s romantic spy melodrama Mata Hari (1931) was well received by critics and enthusiastically embraced by moviegoers. The Greta Garbo / Ramon Novarro combo — the first time Novarro took second billing since becoming a star — turned Mata Hari into a major worldwide blockbuster, with $2.22 million in worldwide rentals. The film became Garbo’s biggest international success to date, and Novarro’s highest-grossing picture after Ben-Hur. (Photo: Ramon Novarro and Greta Garbo in Mata Hari.) Among MGM’s 1932 releases — Mata Hari opened on December 31, 1931 — only W.S. Van Dyke’s Tarzan, the Ape Man, featuring Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan, and Edmund Goulding’s all-star Best Picture Academy Award winner Grand Hotel (also with Garbo, in addition to Joan Crawford, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, and »
- Andre Soares
Dorothy (Judy Garland), The Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), The Tin Man (Jack Haley), and The Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) are as vibrant as ever in the 75th Anniversary poster for The Wizard of Oz. We reported last month that Warner Bros. is re-releasing this 1939 classic in IMAX 3D theaters to commemorate the anniversary, with a one-week only engagement starting on September 20. If this one-sheet is any indication, director Victor Fleming's timeless tale will look better than it ever has in this limited theatrical run, which also coincides with the 75th Anniversary Collector's Edition Blu-ray 3D being released on October 1. clickHere for more details on the release, and stay tuned for information regarding the 75th Anniversary Collector's Edition Blu-ray 3D.
The Wizard of Oz was released August 15th, 1939 and stars Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin. The film is directed by Victor Fleming, »
Call me crazy, but I feel a connection between Rota's themes for Fellini's films and the melodic styles of Albert Ayler and Ornette Coleman. Granted, what each did once past their respective themes became wildly different, with Rota never abandoning harmony, Ornette twisting it in new directions, and Ayler abandoning it altogether, but before that happens, their themes share an effulgent earthiness and overflowing humanity. And who better to bring out the jazz side of that earthy humanity than the great recontextualizer Steve Bernstein and his longstanding quartet with Briggan Krauss (alto and baritone saxes), Tony Scherr (electric bass), and Kenny Wollesen (drums, gongs, log drum, waterphone, vibraphone).
Bernstein's slide trumpet in particular has the microtonal relationship with pitch that Ayler and Coleman each cherished to varying degrees, including a wide »
The Wizard of Oz is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year, and to commemorate this milestone in cinema, Warner Bros. is releasing the film in 3D IMAX for a one-week engagement starting September 20. They've released a trailer in support of this event. Relive the magic of Dorthy, the Scarecrow, The Lion, and The Tinman as the iconic fantasy comes springing back to Technicolor life this fall, along with a 3D home video release as part of The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Collector's Edition Blu-ray available October 1st.
The Wizard Of Oz IMAX Trailer
The Wizard of Oz was released August 15th, 1939 and stars Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke, Margaret Hamilton, Charley Grapewin. The film is directed by Victor Fleming, Mervyn LeRoy, Richard Thorpe, King Vidor. »
Victor Fleming's 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz will soon be celebrating its 75th anniversary with an IMAX 3D release. Today, Warner Bros. has revealed, via Yahoo! Movies , a new trailer for the September event. Check it out in the player below! Based on the fantasy book series by L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz stars Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bulger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke and Margaret Hamilton and, after three quarters of a century, remains one of the most well-known works of cinema across the world. Following its one-week run beginning September 20, The Wizard of Oz will then arrive as a five-disc box set (which includes a disc playable on 3D televisions) on October 1. »
75 years is so hard to imagine because The Wizard of Oz was introduced to all of us at one point or another as something new, but in honor of their major milestone, The Wizard of Oz will be releasing a special collectors edition. Here are a few featurettes on the Munchkins finally getting their Hollywood star and how hard remastering is when your job is to stay true to the original.
Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz with The Wizard of Oz 75th Anniversary Collector’s Edition (3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray™ +DVD + UltraViolet™). Bring home the 5-disc collection and revisit all your favorite Wizard of Oz moments and experience the film for the first time in 3D Blu-ray™. This collection is limited and numbered with many exclusive items and is available 10/1/2013 at www.thewizardofoz.com
Featurette: Wizard of Oz – Special Morning
Featurette: Wizard of Oz – Special Day
- Jess Orso
Marking the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, Warner Bros. has produced a 3D remastered version of the film which will launch a comprehensive, cross-divisional campaign encompassing theatrical, home entertainment, consumer products and a number of promotional partnerships.
Kicking off the celebration, The Wizard of Oz 3D will be presented in the immersive IMAX® 3D format and return to the big screen for an exclusive one-week engagement in IMAX® theatres across North America beginning September 20, 2013.
“We couldn’t be happier to partner with IMAX® as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of this iconic film,” said Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. “The Wizard of Oz IMAX® 3D Experience is an integral part of our studio-wide anniversary initiative and we are excited to give fans the rare opportunity to see this stunning version on the big screen.”
“The Wizard of Oz is one of the most beloved films »
- Michelle McCue
Prepare to get a little peeved. Victor Fleming’s classic film The Wizard Of Oz is returning to theaters this September 20th. That’s the awesome news. For a one week run, Wizard Of Oz will be celebrating it’s imminent 75th anniversary…with an IMAX 3-D re-release.
Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bulger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke and Margaret Hamilton star in the 1939 pinnacle of cinema, but then again, you knew that. Purists might be angered at the re-release, but it’s par for the course at this point.
After the one week run, a five disc Blu-Ray 3D box set will be released on October 1st, featuring a disc playable on 3D televisions. »
- Andy Greene
Victor Fleming's 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz will soon be celebrating its 75th anniversary and, while plans had already been announced for a 3D Blu-ray release on home video, Warner Bros. today announced (via USA Today ) that the film will receive a 3D re-release in IMAX theaters in September. Based on the fantasy book series by L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz stars Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bulger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Billie Burke and Margaret Hamilton and, after three quarters of a century, remains one of the most well-known works of cinema across the world. Set for a one-week run beginning September 20, The Wizard of Oz will then arrive as a five-disc box set (which includes a disc playable on 3D televisions) on October 1. The film will mark the second »
Warner Bros. will bring a 3D version of The Wizard of Oz to theaters for a one-week run in IMAX theaters starting September 20. We reported last October that the studio was converting its 1939 classic to 3D, as a part of their 90th Anniversary celebration. In addition, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is releasing a 75th Anniversary Collector's Edition Blu-ray 3D edition on October 1. Check out the artwork for this boxed set, then read on for more information.
"The sound was exceptional, the sharpness was exceptional. But it's the color that stands out. What they could do is truly amazing, maybe what people felt when they first saw it."
The theatrical run will be spread over IMAX's 400 theaters, »
Jordan Schwarzenberger on The Wizard of Oz and the American Dream...
“Dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.”
On a warm spring day at school, myself and my English group were ready to begin Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, a renowned classic both tragic and truly honest in its inference of American society. Before we began my teacher remarked naturally at its brilliance, before exclaiming to my surprise, that “Miller’s commentary on American society was influenced by The Wizard of Oz - for its subtext, the most important American film ever made.” This got me thinking. What did she mean by subtext and what did she mean by important? From this conversation I was transfixed in thought about the supposed “most important American film”, and was instantly influenced to revisit one of the definitive film classics, from a different perspective.
The film, directed by »
- Flickering Myth
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