THE WIZARD OF OZ - 75TH ANNIVERSARY
An icon is a religious work of art, most commonly a painting, in the cultures of the Orthodox churches. They are not simply artworks; an icon is a sacred image used in religious devotion. Although especially associated with portrait-style images concentrating on one or two main figures, the term also covers most religious images in a variety of artistic media produced by Eastern Christianity, including narrative scenes, usually from the Bible or the lives of saints. A cultural icon is a person or an artifact that is identified by members of a culture as representative of that culture. The process of identification is subjective, and "icons" are judged by the extent to which they can be seen as an authentic symbol of that culture. In popular culture and elsewhere, the term "iconic" is used to describe a wide range of people, places, and things.
The wizard of Oz is probably the most beloved movie of all time, it certainly is one of mine. The enduring magic of the Wizard of Oz touches not only our children but the child in all of us. With its sepia-toned representation of banal ‘normality’ and its breathtaking creation of a Technicolor Oz, a land where difference and deviation from the norm are the norm, Its a very special motion picture filled with values that all of us cherish. To me, the wizard of Oz serve as a pop culture icon of twentieth-century gay culture, with Judy Garland as the star, its exaggerated characters of good and evil, its Technicolor wonderland of vibrant sets and eccentric costumes. The film displays a queer sensibility that countless viewers adore and we are all able to relate to the characters, whether it is the Scarecrow in need of a brain, the Tin Man in need of a heart, the Cowardly Lion, in need of courage, Dorothy's wish to come home or maybe the wicked witch in her quest for some fabulous ruby slippers.