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Central Saint Martins Film Society screening – The Wizard of Oz

The next Central Saint Martins Film Society screening will be The Wizard of Oz (1939) on Thursday, 6th December in the LVMH 003 Lecture Theatre. The supporting programme will begin at 6pm; the film will begin at 7.30pm.

The Wizard of Oz will be screened on Blu-ray. The Wizard of Oz will be supported by, amongst other things, Laurel & Hardy’s Oscar-winning, short film The Music Box (1932) of which Dylan Thomas wrote: ‘I know there is such a thing as poetry in film. Laurel & Hardy struggling to get a piano up a flight of stairs, that was genuine poetry in every sense.’ Eleven – eleven! – of the audience will win prizes from the British Film Institute, including lots of free tickets to BFI Southbank.

The Central Saint Martins Film Society is open to all students and staff across UAL’s six colleges. It’s free and booking is not required. You can come for the feature film, or the supporting programme, or both.

About the film

The Wizard of Oz (1939) has transcended cinema. Beloved like probably no other film, The Wizard of has permeated almost every aspect of our society. Consider dialogue such as ‘we’re not in Kansas any more’, ‘behind the curtain’, ‘I’m melting’ and ‘there’s no place like home’; consider characters such as the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion; consider the yellow brick road, the Emerald City and the tornado; consider the Wicked Witch of the West, the flying monkeys, the Good Witch of the North and Toto; consider songs such as ‘Ding-Dong, the Witch is Dead’, ‘If I Only Had a Brain’ and ‘We’re Off to See the Wizard’ … then consider ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’, winner of the Academy Award for Best Song, voted Number 1 in the American Film Institute’s ‘Best Movie Song of All-Time’ poll and ‘Song of the Century’ in a survey conducted by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Supporting programme

– The Golden Age of Hollywood (1930 – 1945): featuring the introduction of sound, the rise of the studio system, the Hays Code and the arrival of television

Technicolor: Why is it still the most beautiful film stock ever? And who was Technicolor’s Supervisor (and colour essayist) Natalie Kalmus?

Victor Fleming: one director, one year, two films, The Wizard of Oz and Gone With The Wind

– Designing The Wizard of Oz: learn about the film’s set design, make-up and costumes from contributors including Peter Jackson and Rick Baker

The Music Box (1932): Laurel and Hardy’s sublime, slapstick masterclass won the first-ever Academy Award for Best Short Film. As the boys attempt to deliver a piano up the longest flight of stairs in Los Angeles you will, almost certainly, weep with laughter

Direct from Hollywood, CA. Miss Liza Minnelli will provide the interval cabaret, followed by a raffle…

Raffle: One friend of Dorothy will win a DVD of The Wizard of Oz, a pair of free tickets to BFI Southbank and a copy of December’s Sight & Sound magazine. Five others will win a pair of tickets to BFI Southbank and a copy of Sight & Sound magazine, and another five will win a copy of Sight & Sound magazine. If you’ve never been to the BFI Southbank, check it out. It shows dozens of films every week – classics, cults, rarities, underground, experimental – and it’s only £3 for anyone 25 or under!


5.45pm: Doors Open

6pm: Supporting Programme

7.30pm: The Wizard of Oz

9.15pm: Finish

About the Film Society

Central Saint Martins Film Society exists to develop an interest in, or encourage further knowledge of, cinema amongst students and staff. We show feature films – old and new, everything from animation to horror and each with a one hour supporting programme – relevant to Central Saint Martins and University of the Arts London courses and which are commonly referenced by collaborators throughout a creative career.

Coming Soon – CSM Film Society’s 10th screening: Some Like It Hot