The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz has been loved by many generations, first in movie theaters, and then as a Christmas special on TV for many decades. I watched it when I was growing up and have probably seen it 10 times.  Rarely does a week go by when I don’t find myself singing one of the songs.  Ding Dong the Witch is Dead, was being posted on social media when Trump lost.  When Carly Fiorina got fired from HP, the employees of the company burst into the song. 

It is referred to in countless other movies, and many phrases and scenes are the basis for idioms.  For instance, when someone talks about “the man behind the curtain,” they mean that someone is manipulating things from behind the scenes.

The song that is most associated with it is Somewhere Over the Rainbow, sung by the star, Judy Garland. It is considered to one of, if not the best, the song of the 20th Century in the US. There are countless other renditions, my favorite is by Eva Cassidy

I include the movie script, so you can learn to make out parts that are hard to understand.  In some places, they use distortion that makes the English hard for even native speakers to understand.  

Try to sing along when you can.  I am going to include some other versions of Somewhere Over the Rainbow in the songs section of this material. 

The Wizard of Oz full movie here.