By: Eric Svenson
The Wizard of Oz was a cinematic breakthrough when it was released in 1939. It became cinematic because of many different new ideas and technologies spliced together into one film. When Frank L. Baum wrote the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” in 1900 he had no idea of what a success it would become in the motion picture industry. The remainder of this paper will touch on some of the key points that made The Wizard of Oz a cinematic breakthrough and a major success for its time.
The first thing that made the Wizard of Oz a cinematic success was the main characters. The Scarecrow, Tin man, Lion, Wizard, and Dorothy are all likeable characters in the film. Everyone can relate to one of them and feels a bond with them and their struggles. We all face these struggles in our lives such as; not smart, no heart, scared, a feeling of power, and a feeling of being lost and insecure. With our own lives, we too have the same uncertainties as these characters do. As the movie progresses we learn that they do have the powers that they believe that they are failing at. This helps us to realize through the movie that we can overcome our fears and weaknesses the same as our heroes do.
Of course, there's more going on in Oz than just that. At the heart of the story is a major theme that speaks to children and adults in similar, but different, ways. Dorothy's dream is to travel to a far off land, but, when she finds herself there, all she wants is to go home. Home to a place where she feels secure, loved, and warm. This is a dilemma that all children face, the desire to leave home balanced by the overpowering urge for the comfortable and familiar. As adults, we can watch The Wizard of Oz and fondly remember our own trials and tribulations from childhood to adulthood and how in many ways, it mirrors the journey that Dorothy is undertaking.
The second item that made this movie a cinematic success was...