Ode To Dorothy

Dayna McLeod

1998, 08:00 minutes, colour, English


Ode to Dorothy reexamines the relationships of the main characters in The Wizard of Oz, revealing these relationships to be much more complicated and dark then we first understood as children. Comprised of footage from The Wizard of Oz and Meet Me in St. Louis, two musicals starring Judy Garland, the tape takes existing, iconographic images and reinterprets the footage to create an alternative narrative to the original storyline intended by L. Frank Baum. The result is a foretell gone wrong, focusing on Dorothy's journey into self awareness (ie: a nervous breakdown) as she faces the destructive nature of her relationship with The Wicked Witch of the West and The Scarecrow. Ode to Dorothy assigns sexuality to the principal characters and confronts the resulting mayhem. The sexual implications of identity are explored with characters that are universally recognized further inverting the narrative structure of The Wizard of Oz by unraveling it's nicely tied up threads of meaning and summation.

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