Taking Your Kids to the Movies – The Wizard of Oz, 1939

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Taking Your Kids to the Movies – The Wizard of Oz, 1939

The Wizard of Oz is one of the greatest movies ever made. It introduces color, but in such an outstanding way. Judy Garland plays Dorothy, an early adolescent who is half child and half young woman. She is yearning for somewhere over the rainbow, but she has no parents and so she is raised by Auntie Em, three gawky men, and her dog Toto.

The opening scenes are all shot in black and white, symbolic of the plainness of Dorothy’s life. She yearns for something more. We recognize now, from our perspective, that somewhere over the rainbow is not just Oz, but it is a redemption and coming of age in the deepest way. It’s a drop into the unconscious, a place where everyone can experience a magical journey.

The tornado comes, Dorothy’s knocked out, and everything goes to color. The movie is filled with munchkins, grown people who never grew, a good witch, a bad witch, and a road to redemption. The Wizard of Oz is about a young woman having the guts to leave home and grow up. After meeting interesting characters along the way, struggling with menaces and even dealing with a wicked witch that wants her dead, Dorothy finds her way to OZ and to the great wizard.

In the closing scenes of this colorful journey, Dorothy brings the wicked witch’s broomstick to Oz so that he can then 토토사이트 release her to go home. Oz says, “Do not arouse the wrath of the great and powerful Oz. I said come back tomorrow.”

Little Toto, that brilliant extension of Dorothy’s curiosity, runs to the curtain and pulls it back, and Oz says, “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.” His true identity is exposed. Dorothy goes up to him and slaps him on the face. She tells the Wizard of Oz that he’s a very bad man, and the wizard says, with a sigh, “no, I am really a very good man; I am just a very bad wizard.”

This scene puts goose bumps on our arms because we know in that moment the truth about our parents. They’re not wizards or supernatural, they’re just good people. The wizard of Oz represents the fall of our childhood idealizations. But he still has power.

He goes on to give the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion “what they’ve always had.” He gives the Tin Man a velvet heart, the Scarecrow a diploma and the Lion a medal symbolizing his courage. He tells them that they’ve had these things all along and now they know it.

So what does this tell us? The child psychiatrist in me thinks of identity and sees Dorothy’s parents as not as great as she thought them to be. Dorothy rises above and becomes better than she thought she was; no longer a child, she’s ready to go home.

During the final scene we find ourselves back in black and white, surrounded by three awkward men and Auntie Em. They want to know what Dorothy has just experienced but she just says, “Oh, but anyway, Toto, we’re home. Home! And this is my room, and you’re all here. And I’m not gonna leave here ever, ever again, because I love you all, and – oh, Auntie Em – there’s no place like home!”

The circle is closed in the Wizard of Oz. Dorothy starts out immature and overwhelmed by life, but comes back after a long journey, internal and external, magical and real, as a young woman with an identity; a young woman who finds the color in black and white.

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