‘Return to Oz’ at Farnsworth

Feb 21, 2014
“Return to Oz” draws its story and characters from at least two of L. Frank Baum's Oz books.

Rockland — The Farnsworth Art Museum will screen the fantasy and adventure film “Return to Oz” Saturday, March 1, at 1 p.m. in the downtown museum’s auditorium. The screening is free with museum admission, which is free for Rockland residents and, this date, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch card holders.

“Return to Oz” is a 1985 film based on L. Frank Baum's Oz books, mainly “The Marvelous Land of Oz” and “Ozma of Oz.” The plot begins with Dorothy's return to the Land of Oz and her discovery that it has been destroyed. Upon her return, Dorothy, alongside her chicken Billina, is befriended by a group of new companions including Tik-Tok and Jack Pumpkinhead, who help her restore Oz to its former glory.

Directed by Walter Murch, an editor and sound designer, “Return to Oz” stars Nicol Williamson, Jean Marsh, Piper Laurie, Matt Clark and introduces Fairuza Balk as Dorothy Gale. It performed poorly at the box office and received mixed reviews from critics. However, “Return to Oz” is considered by fans as a more faithful adaptation of the novel than the 1939 film and has since established a cult following. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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