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The Wizard of Oz
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LEFT: Hologram of The Wizard's head addressing Dorothy and her friends. RIGHT: Hologram of the Emperor addressing Darth Vader.
In 1939 MGM released two spectacular color films, Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz. Wizard was by far the most elaborate and credible vision of a make-believe world at the time, and set the precedent for big screen flights-of-fantasy ever since.
Source: Mark Hammil, Carrie Fisher and a gabillion reviewers say The Wizard of Oz was a huge influence on Star Wars. The rest is speculation.
1 Thanks to William Grimley for pointing this out.
Star Wars: Origins © 1999-2006 by Kristen Brennan,
part of the Jitterbug Fantasia webzine.