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Greenlit: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – The True Story, BBC4

The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz – The True Story – This iconic American story was written in 1900 by L Frank Baum, a Chicago businessman – sometime journalist, chicken breeder, actor, boutique owner, Hollywood movie director and lifelong fan of all things innovative and technological. His life spanned an era of remarkable invention and achievement in America and many of these developments helped to fuel this great storyteller’s imagination.

His ambition was to create the first genuine American fairytale and the story continues to fascinate, inspire and engage millions of fans of all ages from across the world. This film explores how The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz has come to symbolise the American Dream, and includes previously unseen footage from the Baum family archives, still photographs and clips from the early Oz films, as well as interviews with family members, literary experts and American historians, telling the story of one man’s life in parallel to the development of modern America.

Channel: BBC4

Producer: Prospect Pictures

TX:  Spring / Summer 2011

Source: BBC Press Office

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