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Oz: The American Fairyland (1997)

Video | 113 min | Documentary, Biography

The first part tells of the life and works of L. Frank Baum, along with his career as a writer and filmmaker, centering on the creation of Oz. This portion continues with the effect of Oz after his death, with novelties, dolls, radio, ...See moreThe first part tells of the life and works of L. Frank Baum, along with his career as a writer and filmmaker, centering on the creation of Oz. This portion continues with the effect of Oz after his death, with novelties, dolls, radio, stage, and screen adaptions, and advertising gimmicks based on his work, culminating with MGM's Wizard of Oz, The (1939), and discussing some of the major alterations between the book and the film, such as MGM making Baum's real-life adventure a dream. The second half is about interpretation of Oz by other artists, including Helen Kish, Barry Moser, Barry Mahon, Evelyn Copelman, Robert Tonner, Robin Woods, Michael Hague, Lizbeth Zwerger, Pavel Arsyenov, and Charles Santore. The documentary concludes with an analysis of Baum's work and its profound effect on American culture. Written by Scott Hutchins See less
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Updated Jun 7, 1997

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Jun 7, 1997 (United States)

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27 cast members
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Lee Lively
Narrator (voice) Narrator (voice)   See fewer
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Abigail Dean
Chldren's Voices (voice) Chldren's Voices (voice)   See fewer
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Ellis Norman
Children's Voices (voice) Children's Voices (voice)   See fewer
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Evelyn Copelman
Self (Illustrator) Self (Illustrator)   See fewer
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Michael Patrick Hearn
Self (Authority on L. Frank Baum) Self (Authority on L. Frank Baum)   See fewer
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Helen Kish
Self (Doll Artist) Self (Doll Artist)   See fewer
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Ozma Baum Mantele
Self (Granddaughter of L. Frank Baum) Self (Granddaughter of L. Frank Baum)   See fewer
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Rachel Cosgrove Payes
Self (Oz Author) Self (Oz Author)   See fewer
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Charles Santore
Self (Illustrator) Self (Illustrator)   See fewer
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Jay Scarfone
Oz Author Oz Author   See fewer
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William Stillman
Self (Authority on 'The Wizard of Oz') Self (Authority on 'The Wizard of Oz')   See fewer
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Robert Tonner
Self (Doll Artist) Self (Doll Artist)   See fewer
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Robin Woods
Self (Doll Artist) Self (Doll Artist)   See fewer
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Nick Gray
Child Child   See fewer
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Sean Grier
Child Child   See fewer
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Roseanne Barr
The Wicked Witch of the West (as Roseanne) The Wicked Witch of the West (as Roseanne)   See fewer
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Arthur Godfrey
Self (voice) Self (voice)   See fewer
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Jeri Campbell
On-Ice Dorothy (uncredited) On-Ice Dorothy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jessica Grové
Dorothy (uncredited) Dorothy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Michael Gruber
Tin Man (uncredited) Tin Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ken Page
Cowardly Lion (uncredited) Cowardly Lion (uncredited)   See fewer
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J. Stephen Peace
Self (uncredited) Self (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lara Teeter
Scarecrow (uncredited) Scarecrow (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.7 / 10 | 13 votes