The Wizard of Oz at 80: Archive of a Rust Belt Girl

Bright Lights Film Journal (October 20, 2019)

I have no memory of 1956, the year of the first broadcast, but from that time until 1980 (with the exception of the MGM Children’s Matinees in the early 1970s), Oz belonged to television, where it drew large audiences at every annual showing. We might say that the ascendancy of “television Oz” marked “cinema Oz” with a cumulative (year upon year) obsolescence. What might it mean that my bright star, the inception of my archive, was also a death star, a process of cultural forgetting? (read more)

About Amy Kenyon

Amy Kenyon is a historian, writer and photographer.
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