A couple of weeks ago, I received an email that began, “Only in crazy academia land” . . .
And then today I was reading an article by David Denby in the New Yorker about the director of The Wizard of Oz, and came across this:
Academics have told me [Denby] that “Oz” is a mythic structure, a descendant of the Odyssey or the Aeneid, but they look at me blankly when I say that the movie is also a summa of nineteen-thirties show business.
What kinds of academics was he talking with?? I’m no expert, but even I know that Dorothy’s sidekicks were old vaudevillians.
Denby goes on about how great The Wizard of Oz is. I think it’s ok, but I bet that much of its fame arises from it being shown once every year on TV. When we were kids, we would watch it every year. I’m guessing that there are a bunch of other movies made around the same time that are just great, but they didn’t get that kind of exposure.