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In case there was any doubt, “The Wizard of Oz: The Official 75th Anniversary Companion” confirms that no film has entered our pop-culture subconscious as deeply as that 1939 MGM classic. Even a quick glance at the just published book conjures up names and images (the Flying Monkeys, the Lollipop Guild, Auntie Em!) and one-liners from the movie that we can all recite in our sleep: “We’re not in Kansas anymore,” “I’ll get you, my pretty … and your little dog too!” “There’s no place like home,” ad infinitum. Only “Casablanca” can rival “Oz” for the number of quotable quotes.
Given that widespread familiarity, authors Jay Scarfone and William Stillman admit in their foreword that they had a formidable task, so they gave themselves strict criteria: They wanted to gather visual material, quotes and facts that have been rarely, if ever, seen.
They succeeded. The coffee table book »
- Tim Gray
No one could accuse the Italian writer-director Matteo Garrone of ploughing the same furrow. His new film, Reality, a bubblegum fable with an acid aftertaste, could scarcely be more different from his previous one, Gomorrah, which announced his entrance into world cinema. He had already made three features before that (including The Embalmer, a taxidermists' love triangle) but Gomorrah was an art-house crossover phenomenon. This violent exposé-cum-thriller, based on the non-fiction book by Roberto Saviano, showed how slaughter and corruption had been absorbed into everyday life under the Camorra in Naples and Caserta. The film picked apart the infrastructure of crime: we saw how far and deep the Camorra's tentacles reach, and how asphyxiating their grasp can be. Gomorrah scooped the Grand Prix at the Cannes »
- Ryan Gilbey
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