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Visual Index ~ The Wonderful Best Shot(s) of Oz

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The next Hit Me With Your Best Shot is Barbarella (1968) on Wednesday March 13th (join us!) but I wasn't quite ready to let The Wizard of Oz go just yet. My review of the 2013 prequel of sorts will be up at Towleroad today and here tomorrow. By Monday we'll undoubtedly be sick of Oz and let it rest... at least until its 75th anniversary (August 25th, 2014!). But in the meantime I thought it might be fun to do a...

visual link round up experiment

After the jump, see all 22 favorite shots from the awesome bloggers who participated.

Narrative! I've arranged in linear order as they happen in the movie. Click on an image you're intrigued by and it'll take you to the corresponding article. Or read them sequentially to experience this movie through 23 different sets of eyes!


Let me know if you like this experiment. (It could be a fun way to revisit old Best Shot parties that you may have missed)

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This is actually awesome! You should totally do it for the older ones again, (though admittedly it won't be as much fun for the episodes with less participants) but Psycho, Moulin Rouge! etc. could be really fun.

March 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmir

How delightful!

March 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

Dang, that's lovely. Bravo!

March 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterColin

Great idea! That's the way to do it.

March 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterErik

Interesting that the official Wizard of Oz Facebook page posted your pick for best shot yesterday. You're so influential! (no credit to you or your site though unfortunately)

March 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDean


March 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commentereurocheese

I find it interesting that the Dorothy's companions are not really the focus of any of these unless they're all together. and that they seem to huddle around the Sepia scenes, the Oz intro, and the Dark Forest.

March 9, 2013 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I love this! Great way to present them!

March 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike in Canada

I loved this post. Sometimes in the links, it's hard to see which specific shot a blogger chose so this is a nice synopsis of sorts.

#2 and #13 get my vote as the best, but I did enjoy seeing the parallels between #3 and the yellow brick road.

March 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

Wonderful! I'd love to see it for other editions.

March 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHoney

agreed that #3 and the yellow brick road shot later have a beautiful symmetry. I'm looking back in past episodes and the first i thought of doing this for was bONNIE & CLYDE but somehow that had one of hte worst turnouts and almost everyone chose a shot from the first 15 minutes. lol.

March 9, 2013 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I really love the shot of the monkeys dropping down on our intrepid heroes.

March 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

brookesboy -- those monkeys scared the hell out of me as a kid.

March 9, 2013 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Nathan, oh me too! That's the single scariest moment of the movie for me. When I was a kid I almost wet myself hehe

March 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

But... where's the iconic shot of the witch's hands being shocked as she tries to touch the ruby slippers? I know it was co-opted for an album cover, but c'mon, man, that's the best one!

March 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohnny

So many great opinions and pieces in one place, it's great! The 2nd image is my favourite out of the ones featured. Not for the beyond iconic song (which holds a special place in my heart), but because of the love Dorthy has for her little dog. The scene when Toto gets taken away by Miss Gulch breaks my heart every time.

March 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

This is beautiful - a great way to see every pick! Of course, it probably only works if there's a huge spread of choices, but still. I love this idea - it was fun to participate on time for once!

March 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdenny (Dancin' Dan)

This is all sorts of cute! Do this for all the Hit Mes!

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJose

Specific images that scared me when I first saw it:
Old lady a rocker in the twister being so chill with being in the middle of a twister.

Trees throwing their fruit at Dorothy. They hate her so much they throw a part of themselves at her.

Auntie May becomes the Wicked Witch. Lord, I was traumatized for days.

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCMG

I like this! Good idea.

March 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSquasher88

That's a wonderful visual display; would be awesome to get it for previous editions too :)

February 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie

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