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The Wizard of Oz
VerfasserIn: Rushdie, Salman
Verfasserangabe: Salman Rushdie
Jahr: 1998
Verlag: London, BFI Publishing
Mediengruppe: Buch
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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. It's a story whose driving force is the inadequacy of adults, where the weakness of grown-ups forces children to take control of their own destinies.
Rushdie rejects the conventional view 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 Oz shows 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 are rounded off with a typically scintillating new short story, 'At the Auction of the Ruby Slippers,' about the day when Dorothy's red shoes are knocked down to $15,000 at a sale of MGM props.
Salman Rushdie's books, from "Midnight's Children" to "The Satanic Verses", have been read across the world. Two recent books - "Haroun and the Sea of Stories" and collection of essays "Imaginary Homelands 1981-90" (Both published by Granta) - have enhanced his reputation as one of the most important contemporary writers.
The BFI Film Classics is a series of books that introduces, interprets and celebrates landsmarks of world cinema. Each volume offers an argument for the film's "classic" status, together with discussion of its production and reception history, its place within a genre or national cinema, an account of its technical and aesthetic importance, and in many cases, the author's personal response to the film. (Verlagstext)
VerfasserIn: Rushdie, Salman
VerfasserInnenangabe: Salman Rushdie
Jahr: 1998
Verlag: London, BFI Publishing
Systematik: KT.FT, FS.E
Interessenkreis: Englisch [Sprache]
ISBN: 0-85170-300-3
Beschreibung: 78 Seiten
Sprache: Englisch
Mediengruppe: Buch