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The Curated Collection: The Wizard of Oz


Follow the yellow brick road, through the tornado tunnel to our first display since the COVID-19 closure of the AFTRS Library. It's an ode to OZ, an escape from reality, a visual fantasy, and a reflection on our collective psychic state during the pandemic.

Re-creating the druggy dream scene in which Dorothy (under the spell of the Wicked Witch of the West) falls asleep in the poppy fields, the display also features an Emerald City made of holographic green and silver presents and of course, a road of yellow bricks.

Meanwhile, the tunnel entrance to the library has been re-imagined as a tornado in which the signs of our times whirl about: protest placards, sourdough recipes, dollar bills, PPE, puzzles et al.

Film highlights

Return to Oz

Book highlights

Book of Dreams by Federico Fellini
Elegant nightmares: the English ghost story from Le Fanu to Blackwood by Jack Sullivan
The Wizard of Oz by Salman Rushdie
The World of Oz by Allen Eyles
The Wizard of Oz by Noel Langley et al.
Down the yellow brick road: the making of The Wizard of Oz by Doug McClelland
Dreams on film: the cinematic struggle between art and science by Leslie Halpern
The Wizard of Oz Script
A brief guide to Oz by Paul Simpson
The Making of The Wizard of Oz by Aljean Harmetz