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'The Wizard of Oz' to Screen at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: April 9, 2008

poster for Wizard of OzEAU CLAIRE — "The Wizard of Oz" (U.S. 1939) will screen April 17-20 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Each day's 6 p.m. presentation will feature the original soundtrack of the MGM Technicolor film. The reprise screening at 8:30 p.m. will present "The Dark Side of Oz," with the original soundtrack replaced by Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon." The film will be shown in Davies Theatre.

Judy Garland stars as Dorothy Gale, a young Kansas girl who, with her dog Toto, is whisked by a tornado into the magical land of Oz. Directed by Victor Fleming, the adaptation of L. Frank Baum's children's classic won Academy Awards for its original score (Herbert Stothart) and Harold Arlen's song "Over the Rainbow." The 101-minute film is rated G.

"The Dark Side of Oz" (also known as "The Dark Side of the Rainbow" or "The Wizard of Floyd") is the effect of watching "The Wizard of Oz" while listening to Pink Floyd's 1973 concept album, "The Dark Side of the Moon." Since the synchronicity was noted in the early 1990s, fans have compiled dozens of instances of perceived interplay between the film and the album.

In July 2000, Turner Classic Movies broadcast "The Wizard of Oz" with "The Dark Side of the Moon" simulcast on the SAP audio channel.

"Why is this being done?" asked the Boston Globe. "The eerie matches between soundtrack and film are said to be mind-blowing, with more than 80 coincidences, including: the swells of the tornado match the ebb and flow of the music; 'Brain Damage' plays as the Scarecrow sings 'If I Only Had a Brain'; a heartbeat sounds as Dorothy tries to hear the Tin Man's heartbeat; the cash register sounds that begin 'Money' signal the movie's change from black and white to color. Oooo! Former Pink Floyd bassist-writer Roger Waters has called all this rubbish."

Admission is $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the Service Center (715-836-3727) in Davies Center's east lobby and will be sold at the door.

The screenings are sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate.

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