The power centre of the film is a triangle at whose points are Glinda, Dorothy and the Witch; the fourth point, at which the Wizard is thought for most of the film to stand, turns out to be an illusion.
Rushdie weaves critical analysis, personal reminiscences, and behind-the-scenes information into an insightful essay about this well-loved film. They are both women, and a striking aspect of The Wizard of Oz is its lack of a male hero -- because, for all their brains, heart and courage, it is impossible to see the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion as classic Hollywood leading men.
A list of credits which includes the names of all of the performers portraying the Munchkinsa brief list of films based on the works of L. Color and black and white stills adorn most of the pages, making it a visual treat as well, and a short story called "The Auctioning of the Ruby Slippers" follows the main essay.
He speculates on the just why someone might want to own a pair of ruby slippers. Frank Baum, and a bibliography round out the book. Nice interlude from the BFI film classics series. Finally, Dorothy is told that she has always had the power to go home -- to go anywhere -- but she had to learn to act for herself.
Because what else could I started reading this as a library loan on my Kindle, and immediately realized that I needed to be able to see all the still shots of the movie that were included in the originally published paperback book, so I bought my own copy.
It is hard for a migrant like myself not to see in these shifting destinies a parable of the migrant condition. A consideration of storm symbolism and the bleakness of the home to which Dorothy longed to return leads smoothly into a blunt and entirely personal statement: Then Rushdie adds in a short story based around the future auction of the ruby slippers.
She expresses her newfound independence by declaring that she wants to go home and never leave again.
Mar 05, Janice JG rated it it was amazing I started reading this as a library loan on my Kindle, and immediately realized that I needed to be able to see all the still shots of the movie that were included in the originally published paperback book, so I bought my own copy.
Frank Baum to how the technical effects were done to why the silver slippers became ruby slippers without missing a beat. The power of men, it is suggested, is illusory; the power of women is real.
Because what else could be better to give thanks for than this wonderful story that shows us it is still possible to find what we are looking for just over the rainbow, somewhere.
Rushdie also points out the kinship between Dorothy and the Wizard: As an often literal-minded child, I remember vague childhood feelings of guilt at walking into my back yard and not feeling completely satisfied.Wizard of Oz Salman Rushdie, Author, Melvyn Bragg The essay that follows this confession is sprightly, witty and surprisingly deeply felt.
Like the embattled Rushdie, Dorothy is an exile. 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 colorful fantasy world. But for Rushdie The Wizard of Oz is more than a children’s film, and more than a fantasy. "When I first saw The Wizard of Oz it made a writer of me" states Salman Rushdie in this nifty little book, an entry in the British Film Institute's Film Classics series.
Rushdie weaves critical analysis, personal reminiscences, and behind-the-scenes information into an insightful essay about this well-loved film. 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/5(18). In this blend of personal essay and film criticism, Rushdie shows us the magical influence that The Wizard of Oz () has had on the beginnings of his literary career (with a short story titled "Over the Rainbow"), as well as his complicated relationship with his father and with the notion of home in general.4/5.
Out of Kansas. By Salman Rushdie many of which made “The Wizard of Oz” look like kitchen-sink realism. The Wizard, however, was right there in Bombay. My father, Anis Ahmed Rushdie.Download