WASHINGTON — John Waters has long been a fan of classic movies, and “Wizard Of Oz” is one.
The legendary director and writer recently told the news magazine “The Hollywood Reporter” that the film’s appeal is not so much its cinematic quality but its ability to be both a celebration of culture and a tribute to the art form of film.
“The movie is a great celebration of cinema, of the art of filmmaking,” Waters said.
“And it’s a celebration that it was made in Japan.
It’s a film that is not just a celebration, but also a celebration for Japan, a celebration as well of Japanese cinema.
I think that’s a big part of it.”
In fact, when I was writing it, I had this vision of a Japanese movie, one that would be a tribute, a tribute of the history of cinema in Japan,” he said.
Waters’ comments come as “Wizards of Oz” fans are taking to social media to express their appreciation for the film.
On Friday, a fan-created video posted to YouTube featured an image of “Wiz” playing in the background while an image from the film was overlaid on top.
The caption read: “WIZ, WIZ, WHERE’S THE WORLD?”
The film’s casting has also been criticized.
The movie’s producer, J.W. Rinzler, told CNN on Monday that he is not sure if his Japanese cast members will be able to portray the title character.