Tuesday, May 24, 2011

“Pay no attention to that scam behind what’s certain ...”

They show this movie at least once a year somewhere in the States, so next time you catch the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, see if you can spot all the things the continuity director on the set just happened to miss. Later, of course, there is the scene where the "Great and Powerful Oz" is discovered for who he really is. (Click here to see it.)

According to "fox9ninja," there is more here than meets the eye.

The whole story is a satire of the corruption in the businesses and corporations of America in the late 1800's. The Scarecrow represents the western farmers with no brains, the tin man represents the eastern industrial workers who worked in the factories with no heart, and the lions represent the congressmen with no courage to stand up against the corporations. The yellow brick road represents the gold standard, and the munchkins are the average citizen. I thought the wizard was McKinley.

I'm wondering what the poppies planted in the field by the wicked witch represent. Perhaps they are Lenin's reference to religion as "the opium of the masses." Hmmm ...

(H/T to MCCET.)

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