We’re Off to See the Wizard!
My friend, Briar Fandetti Forsythe, is a not only a fabulous baker, but also a movie buff. In April she is attending the Turner Film Festival, Los Angeles, where a huge celebration is scheduled for the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz (1939). In anticipation of her upcoming trip she’s combined two of her passions, whipping up a batch of cookies for her friends, featuring Dorothy, from The Wizard of Oz!
As you’ve read here in previous posts, Briar is the proprietor of Willowdale Estate. Several times throughout the year, Willowdale holds fun family nights (free) with screenings of classic movies. It’s a great way to see the Estate, sample Briar’s exquisite cooking, and experience Willowdale’s welcoming hospitality!
Note ~ My daughter Liv read, and reread, L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and the novel’s many sequels. It’s a fabulously captivating series not to be overlooked for your young reader!
Briar Fandetti-Forsythe cookie photos; The Wizard of Oz promotion posters courtesy google image search.
See more The Wizard of Oz original posters, lobby cards, and info about the 75th anniversary screening here:
From the Turner Film Festival website: “The Yellow Brick Road shines with a special luster in this 75th anniversary restoration of MGM’s first truly great musical. Seen as the studio’s prestige production for 1939, and a chance to build on star Judy Garland’s growing popularity, the film wasn’t expected to be a box-office winner, much less a perennial favorite that has never gone out of fashion. With carefully timed re-releases and television platforming as a special holiday event, it has grown in popularity to become one of the most beloved motion pictures ever made. That’s hardly surprising from a quality standpoint. Expertly directed by Victor Fleming (with help from King Vidor and some key creative input from George Cukor), with a peerless score by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg and featuring an unbeatable cast, the film is a testament to the studio system and Louis B. Mayer’s vision of family entertainment. For the current restoration, technicians returned to the original three-strip Technicolor negative, using digital restoration techniques to produce a print that’s actually better in many ways than the one used at the 1939 premiere.”