With its groundbreaking use of Technicolor, stunning visual effects, and heartwarming musical scores, Victor Fleming's The Wizard of Oz (1939) captured the imagination of film lovers around the world and continues to do so today, 75 years later.
But MGM's most expensive investment up to that point wasn't an immediate hit. It took multiple re-releases for the film to turn a profit. However, the accolades proved fitting: The Wizard of Oz was nominated for six Academy Awards, one of which it won for Best Original Song for "Over the Rainbow."
Despite its seemingly simple message of a girl's circuitous journey to finding her roots (after all, "There's no place like home"), The Wizard of Oz has had an enduring cultural impact. Along with the children's book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, the film has spawned numerous reinterpretations, political conspiracy theories, and is even considered to have been a rite of passage in the LGBT community.