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From:weaverrhi
Date:December 21st, 2009 06:58 pm (UTC)

Wizard of Oz

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I really don't remember the Wizard of Oz has a Christmas movie. I know they refer to it now as a "holiday classic"; but I remember it more in March or April than Christmas.

As with most things, the more you see it, the more you get used to it, the less meaning and the less interesting it becomes. I think that's the problem with as many channels as we have.

I saw a really horrible 1970's rendition of Miracle on 34th Street this weekend. It might has well have been a train wreck. Sometimes, the OLD ones are the best.
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From:stitchwhich
Date:December 21st, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)

Re: Wizard of Oz

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I grew up with The Wizard of Oz as a Christmas-Eve tradition. The whole family would watch it together, then the kids would leave cookies & milk for Santa and go to bed.

It took me quite a while to get used to the idea of watching it at other times and not in front of my Grandparent's Television.

But then, I'm much older than you. :)

Edited at 2009-12-21 07:34 pm (UTC)
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From:rwday
Date:December 21st, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)

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I was curious about the Christmas Eve thing because I remembered it being on in January, so I did some research -

Wikipedia (for what that's worth) says that "The film's first telecast, in November, 1956, took place shortly after Halloween. The 1959 to 1962 telecasts of The Wizard of Oz occurred later in the year, between Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, beginning in the 1963–64 season the showings would occur in the early months of the year."

suspect that you're just enough older than I am to remember those Christmas Eve showings. Or the TV was different on the West coast than in the boring old Midwest, of course.
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From:rwday
Date:December 21st, 2009 07:59 pm (UTC)

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Oh lord. I can spot a 1970's or early 80's film within 5 minutes of viewing it - the production values are just...ugh.

I think familiarity kind of breeds contempt with these movies. When they're once a year occasions, it's special. When you can put the DVD in any time you like, it's definitely less appealing.
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