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Wizard of Oz, The: An Illustrated Companion to the Timeless Movie Classic

Fricke, John
Shirshekan, Jonathan
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Fall River Press
Film Studies

This exciting, photo-packed collection lends a whole new dimension to the story that’s been dazzling audiences for generations! The Wizard of Oz: An Illustrated Companion traces the film’s history all the way back to L. Frank Baum’s written and theatrical masterworks, to the arduous process of crafting Oz for the silver screen, to the film’s triumphant August 1939 premiere, and on to the decades of ensuing, unparalleled acclaim. Inside the pages of this treasury are more than 400 shimmering images, including cast and set reference photos, movie stills, behind-the-scenes shots, an extra large gatefold, and such memorabilia as publicity art, production memos, promotional posters, and original illustrations. Authors John Fricke and Jonathan Shirshekan, renowned authorities on all things Oz, have gathered a wealth of rare materials and revealing anecdotes to weave a compelling and comprehensive narrative. Popular characters are highlighted; commonly held myths are debunked; and times truths are cast in a new light—just turn to the “Oddities of Oz” section for a sampling. In sum, it’s a collection sure to captivate Oz fans everywhere!

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