Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

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Return to Oz movie Walter Murch
Return to Oz (1985)

Directed by Walter Murch
The first mistake you could make would be to consider this a sequel to the classic film that launched Judy Garland’s career. It does, narratively speaking, pick up where that film left off, but Return is more an adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s other books in the Oz series than a film sequel. Dorothy (Fairuza Balk) goes back to Oz only to find it a strange, broken dystopia with menacing foes and formidable challenges. With ingenious use of technology and puppetry, first-time (and only-time) director Walter Much, a legendary sound and film editor, creates a world no less immersive and enchanting than Victor Fleming did some half a century earlier. John Oursler (October 26 at BAM, part of its Puppets on Film)

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