Friends of Dorothy
Friends of Dorothy
In early January I acquired some fun French Ozzy images. Here’s how.
The Cité de La Musique, Philharmonie de Paris is a music complex with concerts, exhibitions and more. I was there in January, and saw their exhibit about film musicals. My friend Zack, who had told me about the exhibit, was in Paris with his partner Gianni and I was there with my bf Richard. Although only Zack and I are diehard musical fans, the four of us went.
The exhibit mostly focused on Hollywood musicals, especially Singing in the Rain with Gene Kelly, but images from the 1939 MGM Wizard of Oz with Judy Garland were also in abundance, as were those from La La Land. French films were also featured: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Triplets of Belleville.
Selections from several film musicals were displayed on a huge screen. When the soundtrack of a film was in English, there were French subtitles. Captions and descriptions were also translated into English and sometimes other languages as well.
Other areas were devoted to various aspects of film musicals, such as awards, costumes, and choreography, and there were even tap dance lessons!
An area set up specifically for kids had clips from several movies, including Oz, and included a quiz.
Richard and I tried on hats in the costume area at the end.
The gift shop had posters, videos, recordings, books and more.
I couldn’t resist buying three books with Ozzy content.
1. Be Happy contains a cd with songs from film musicals, each musical has a two page spread with text and image.
2. Comédies Musicales! is a workbook, with games and activities to help you create your own musical film.
3. Natalie Dessay Raconte’s Le Magicien d’Oz is a combination of Baum’s original story, the MGM film, and her own ideas, such as Dorothy seeing a rainbow when she is back in Kansas at the end of the story. The book has marvelous illustrations and comes with a cd of songs from the MGM soundtrack.