“Its underlying story penetrates straight to the deepest insecurities of childhood, stirs them and then reassures them.” - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“There's an audience for Oz wherever there's a projection machine and a screen.” - John C. Flinn Sr., Variety

Friday, March 17 at 6pm | The wonderful, terrifying, beguiling, and marvelous film that gives a shoulder rub to the millions of Americans struggling with impostor syndrome is also one of the landmark Technicolor films. Shot in 3-strip Technicolor, THE WIZARD OF OZ transition from black-and-white to color - which occurs at a reel change - still makes our heart skip a beat. Rereleased numerous times including a digital 3D IMAX version, Chicago Film Society is pleased to present a 1950s Technicolor reissue print from a private collector.

Awards & Nominations

Winner - Best Song, Academy Awards
Nominee - Best Picture, Academy Awards

CFS Technicolor Weekend!In partnership with the Chicago Film Society, Technicolor Weekend! celebrates the longevity, beauty, and richness of the technicolor printing process. All presented on 35mm prints that were intended to last only through their initial runs, and have instead endured hundreds of projections, studio mergers, film exchange closures, and multiple private owners. These unlikely survivors offer us a view of what these films looked like before digital color correction and other modern restoration techniques, and are stunning examples of an incredibly complex industrial process that delighted millions. View full series here.

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