Movie Notes

The “Oscars” were given out on February 24th, and we can hope that all of them are safe with their recipients.  I bring this up because there are cases where the statuette has either been stolen or misplaced.  The most disturbing case is the disappearance of Hattie McDaniel’s Best Supporting Actress award for her portrayal of Mammy in Gone with the Wind (1939).

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Did you know that the movie O Brother Where Art Thou (2000) is based on Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey?  And that’s not all.  This is only one of many films that have been based on literary classics – but with a twist.  You can find out more at Words and Film.

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In 1900 L. Frank Baum published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  How strange and marvelous that that book and all his other Oz books are not forgotten.  As a matter of fact Disney has just released a new movie, Oz the Great and Powerful, which is a prequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1939).  USA Today has an interesting article about some of the adaptations of Baum’s books over the years, and about some reissues that are in the works.  NPR’s Morning Edition did a more detailed story about Baum’s novels, and their performance history that you can listen to here.

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