A homegrown musical with talent and magic to spare

A homegrown musical with talent and magic to spare
The cast of The Wizard of Oz at Cork Opera HouseJOHN ALLEN

Cork Opera House; runs until August 26

Rating: ****

Victor Fleming’s 1939 musical-fantasy version of L Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz is surely one of the most memorable films of 20th-century cinema. With its grim black-and-white aesthetic, its opening taps into Depression-era anxieties, but when its heroine Dorothy lands in Munchkinland after a tornado sends her house hurtling into the sky, the screen comes alive with super-saturated Technicolor: a bold transition that turned both...

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