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The Wizard of Oz Directed by Victor Fleming with help from Mervyn LeRoy, George Cukor, and King Vidor
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Context
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Based on a Book By the American author L. Frank Baum Known for his children’s books Originally published in 1900 Lived through the American Civil War , Reconstruction , and the start of the Gilded Age Each era helped shape the storyline of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz , but the Gilded Age arguably had the strongest impact
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Historical and Social Context: The Gilded Age The time of extreme wealth and corruption in America Rise of monopolies and Robber Barons like J.P. Morgan, Andrew Carnegie, and John D. Rockefeller Workers suffered through poor working conditions Farmers faced bankruptcy Banks charged hefty interest on loans Wanted a silver currency to pay off debts This would lead to inflation, driving up crop prices These events were essential in creating The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
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The Directors Originally directed by Richard Thorpe, but he was replaced after the Tin Man had a reaction to the aluminum dust The Tin Man was recast after this, as Buddy Ebsen was in critical condition for two weeks While trying to find a new director, George Cukor took over He changed Dorothy’s persona, who initially had an exaggerated personality Victor Fleming was then deemed director, and he directed most of the film However, King Vidor finished the film. Fleming left to replace George Cukor who was directing Gone With the Wind
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Victor Fleming Began his career as a stuntman Eventually worked as a cameraman Had his first big hit as a director in 1929 Career floundered in the 1940s and ended in 1948 Treasure Island (1934)
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This essay was uploaded on 01/06/2017 for the course SOCIAL STU 101 taught by Professor Klinger during the Spring '14 term at Chatfield High School.

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