The Wizard of Oz at the AFI Silver (plus a little MadTV fun)

Posted by Randy Shulman
November 25, 2010 9:17 AM |
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As part of a 10-film retrospective of pioneering film director Victor Fleming, the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre offers screenings over Thanksgiving of the classic, The Wizard of Oz. (Also on tap in the coming month: Gone With The Wind, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde -- starring Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman and Lana Turner -- and Captains Courageous.) Wizard of Oz made a star out of Judy Garland, at the time merely a young, relatively innocent 16-year-old under studio contract. It's a timeless classic that one never tires of watching. Thursday, Nov. 25, at 7:15 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 28, at 12:45 p.m. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Tickets are $10 general admission. Call 301-495-6720 or visit afi.com/Silver.

The classic timelessness of Wizard of Oz notwithstanding, the movie has always been ripe for parody. And nobody -- truly nobody -- parodied it better than MadTV. Here's an alternate ending -- with a gay twist -- as presented by MadTV during its later years.

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