John Waters Talks ‘Oz’ at the Music Box

By Patty Wetli | Friday, June 3, 2011

Cult film director John Waters will appear at the Music Box Theatre. Photo courtesy of EIFF.

It may surprise some to discover that cult-film director John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Polyester, Hairspray) was inspired by one of the most beloved family films of all time: The Wizard of Oz.

Waters will introduce a special screening of the movie and participate in a Q&A session as part of a new series at the Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport Ave.). Tickets for the June 11 event, 5:30 p.m., are $20-$25 and selling fast.

The director’s connection to “Oz,” which given his flamboyant style makes a certain sense, came to light in “The Film That Changed My Life,” a book by Robert K. Elder. Elder interviewed 30 movie directors including Danny Boyle, Peter Bogdanovich and Richard Linklater, asking them to discuss the film that had the greatest influence on their career.

Of Oz, Elder quotes Waters as saying, “To me, it is American because of the values with friends, and how people save each other and expose fraud—the person behind the curtain is really bullshit that has no power.”

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