The Making of The Wizard of Oz

The Making Of The Wizard Of Oz

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The Making of the Wizard Of Oz, written by film historian Aljean Harmetz, is a book about the production of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.

It was published in November 1977. With 93 photos, the book tells readers how the film was made and describes the Golden Era of moviemaking in the 1930s and '40s at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

The book took two years to be created. Aljean Harmetz researched the film and the studio and interviewed the surviving cast, crew and MGM staff.

From the acquisition of the music to the scripts, casting, and filming, Harmetz's book provides readers with a detailed re-creation of how the studio produced this film.

It was reissued in paperback in 1984, and again with a new preface by the author in 1998.

After the success of the book, Aljean Harmetz adapted her knowledge and contacts with the film's survivors into a 30 minute PBS documentary in 1979.

Table of contents

  • The Studio 1938
  • The Scripts
  • The Brains
  • The Heart
  • The Nerve and the Music
  • Casting
  • The directors
  • The Stars and the Stand-ins
  • The Munchkins
  • "Below the line"
  • Special Effects
  • Accidents
  • After Oz

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