Great Moments in Movies- “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) Dorothy Enters ‘Oz’

Movies are made up of a series of moments.  Some moments are exciting, others are sweet.  Some moments are shocking, others are heartwarming.  It’s these moments that the audience remembers.  A film that contains a memorable moment (or multiple ones) is the one that audiences return to over and over again.  There are films that one loves to watch again and again, then there are others that one viewing is enough.  I love Classic films but I don’t instantly subscribe to the idea that just because it’s old, it’s instantly a classic.  A film has to be memorable.  A film has to be worthy of watching again and again without it being tiresome.  While a film may not have received critical acclaim, if it fulfills the aforementioned criteria, then for me, it’s a classic.

This series is about the memorable moments.  The moment in a film that sets the film apart from others.

Without further ado, here is a memorable moment:

Dorothy steps out of her crashed home into the wonderful world of Oz

The Wizard of Oz (1939).  This film features a series of memorable moments, but the scene in which Judy Garland (Dorothy) steps out of her sepia-toned home and into the colorful world of Oz is one of the most memorable and one of the best in cinema. The contrast between the drab brown of the beginning and the bright, almost too bright, world of The Munchkins is awe-inspiring and does a perfect job setting up the magic of Oz.  This scene also sets up one of the most famous lines in film: “Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.”

No Dorothy, you are most definitely not in Kansas anymore.


2 thoughts on “Great Moments in Movies- “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) Dorothy Enters ‘Oz’

  1. I got to see this on the big screen last year and it really was a memorable moment. I also kept tearing up during the film and it wasn’t just when Judy was crying…


    1. I’ve seen this movie in the theater before too and Dorothy stepping into Oz is a very magical moment. The juxtaposition of the sepia-tone with the vibrant saturated Technicolor is breathtaking. I think it works that Oz is overly bright and almost fake looking with the plastic plants. It is so over the top that it works as it is part of Dorothy’s dream.

      I think the sweetest moment of the film is when Dorothy has to say goodbye to her three fellow travelers.

      My favorite part for whatever reason is the part when Dorothy & co. make it to Emerald City and ring the bell. “Who rang that bell?” “Well why didn’t you say so, that’s a horse of a different color?”

      Frank Morgan was the man in that film.


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