The Wizard of Oz by Salman Rushdie
(BFI Film Classics)

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For Rushdie The Wizard of Oz is more than a children's film, and more than a fantasy. It's a story "whose driving force is the inadequacy of adults," in which the "weakness of grown-ups forces children to take control of their own destinies."
 

About Salman Rushdie

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SALMAN RUSHDIE is the author of eleven previous novels - Luka and the Fire of Life, Grimus, Midnight's Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor's Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown and The Enchantress of Florence - and one collection of short stories, East, West. He has also published three works of nonfiction - The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981-1991, and Step Across This Line - and coedited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008. He is the former president of American PEN.
 
Published May 27, 1992 by British Film Institute. 96 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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This is one of the first in a new series of monographs pairing writers and film scholars with a film of their own choosing from the BFI archives. At first glance, the controversial author of The Satan

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And in the wake of 9/11, looking at a photo of an illegal immigrant from Mexico being chased back toward the border, he writes: ''So freedom is now to be defended against those too poor to deserve its benefits by the edifices and procedures of totalitarianism.

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This is one of the first in a new series of monographs pairing writers and film scholars with a film of their own choosing from the BFI archives.

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London Review of Books

A good piece of writing on film, produced by a major literary figure, is as rare as a successful film adaptation of a major literary work.

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Vulture

Interestingly, Oz the Great and Powerful seems to inadvertently nod to this reading a bit, in that in the new film the Wicked Witch of the East initially presents herself as a good witch, and sends the unwitting Oz off to kill Glinda the Good Witch.

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