The Daily Journal Summer Film Series continues at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 with the showing of the classic “The Wizard of Oz” at Classic Cinemas Paramount Theatre in downtown Kankakee.
This year marks the 80th anniversary of the release of the groundbreaking film. With its use of Technicolor, and imaginative storytelling, “The Wizard of Oz” became one of the most well-known movies all of time.
The movie stars the legendary Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, a young girl with a dog named Toto. She finds herself at odds with a neighbor, Almira Gulch (Margaret Hamilton), after Toto bites her on the leg.
One day, Dorothy finds herself taking cover in her room from a tornado, and her house is picked up and lands in Munchkinland in the Land of Oz. From there, Dorothy meets Glinda the Good Witch of the North.
The house landed on The Wicked Witch of the West, and now The Wicked Witch of the East (Hamilton) is out for revenge on Dorothy. Now Dorothy must follow the yellow brick road to Emerald City in order to meet the Wizard so he can get her back home.
She does this with a little help along the way from a scarecrow, lion and tinman.
The film was nominated for six Academy Awards in 1940, but only won for Best Original Song for “Over the Rainbow.”
Daily Journal subscribers can pick up passes at the downtown Kankakee office. There is a limit of four free passes per subscribing household.