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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Google celebrates 'The Wizard of Oz' with a yellow brick road (and a Doodle)

[Google Doodle for August 12th, 2010
The Wizard of Oz's 71st Anniversary]

Saying something new about a classic like Victor Fleming's The Wizard of Oz is almost impossible. Judy Garland. Over the Rainbow. 'Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more'. The Wicked Witches of the West and of the East. The Scarecrow. The magic from L. Frank Baum's books. And the Technicolor!

But it's not always necessary to say something new. Google celebrates the 71st anniversary of the premiere of the film in USA - with the exception of Sweden, Denmark and Finland, the movie it has been released in Europe after WWII and in 1951 in West Germany! - with a yellow brick road that leads us through a fairy and amazing land.

As Salman Rushdie has already pointed out in his famous essay 'The Wizard of Oz', it is really difficult to understand why Dorothy cares so much about going home, since she's spending her time with new friends in an absolutely wonderful place. And with a pair of red and glossy shoes!
Those shoes are one of the most quoted and copied in cinema history. Just think of David Lynch's Wild at Heart.

Why Dorothy wants so badly to come back? And just don't tell me it's because 'There's no place like home'!

Previous posts:
A wonderful Google Doodle celebrates Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Google celebrates Austrian/Swedish architect Josef Frank with a colourful Doodle