28 Days of Black Cinema: Day 13
The Wiz (1978)
Starring: Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Nipsey Russell, Ted Ross
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Written by Joel Schumacher
“Success, fame, and fortune, they're all illusions. All there is that is real is the friendship that two can share.” - Scarecrow
The black version of The Wizard of Oz. I love everything about this movie. From the number running Miss One who puts Dorothy (Diana Ross) on the path of the Yellow Brick Road to the sweatshop running Wicked Witch, Evilline.
The soundtrack, produced by Quincy Jones and written mostly by Charlie Smalls, is flawless. There are sweet sentimental tracks (“The Feeling That We Have”), funky 70s grooves (“Poppy Girls Theme”), danceable pop (“You Can’t Win”) and of course the gut wrenching belter sung Ms. Ross (“Home”).
This movie is beautifully shot, fun to watch and I find it much more enjoyable than The Wizard of Oz. Let’s just face it, sometimes we just need our own version of things.