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:
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.