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The Wizard of Oz (Bfi Film Classics)
The Wizard of Oz 'was my very first literary influence,' writes Salman Rushdie in hisaccount 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 Ozis more than a children's film, and more than a fantasy. It's a story whose drivingforce is the...
The Wizard of Oz 'was my very first literary influence,' writes Salman Rushdie in hisaccount 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 Ozis more than a children's film, and more than a fantasy. It's a story whose drivingforce is the inadequacy of adults, in which 'the weakness of grown-ups forceschildren to take control of their own destinies'. And Rushdie rejects the conventionalview 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 Ozshows 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 arerounded off with his typically scintillating short story, 'At the Auction of the RubySlippers,' about the day when Dorothy's red shoes are knocked down to $15,000 at asale of MGM props In his foreword to this special edition, published to celebrate the 20th anniversary ofthe BFI Film Classics series, Rushdie looks back to the circumstances in which hewrote the book, when, in the wake of the controversy surrounding The Satanic Versesand the issue of a fatwa against him, the idea of home and exile held a particularresonance.
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