Marco Brambilla ‘Wizard of Oz’ Film Featured on Nowness.com
Aug. 15, 2015
The Wizard of Oz warps into a kaleidoscopic assault on the senses
The iconic shot of a doe-eyed Dorothy in 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz clicking her sparkly red heels together to wish her way back home to Kansas – played, of course, by Judy Garland – is today transformed into an abstract homage to the golden age of filmmaking in this eerie short by the New York-based video artist Marco Brambilla.
“In a way these videos are about bringing the movies back to their roots”
“Wizard of Oz,” which has been overlaid with the score from Erik Satie’s “Gnossienne No.4,” is part of Brambilla’s Celluloid series, which also includes clips from cult classics including 2001: A Space Odyssey and An American in Paris.
“This moment in the film stayed with me since I saw The Wizard of Oz as a child for the first time”
“In a way these videos are about bringing the movies back to their roots, transferring them to physical film, and then creating an abstraction through the treatment, which somehow reinforces the original emotional charge of the scene for me,” says Brambilla. “This particular moment in the film stayed with me since I saw The Wizard of Oz as a child for the first time – so it’s actually very personal in that sense.”
The Celluloid project began a year and a half ago, with Brambilla sampling images from cinematic moments that he felt were embedded in our collective subconscious, and then transferring them back onto actual film, before decomposing the strips using acid and other chemical treatments to create the impressionistic feel.