by Nicole Trilivas

“Anybody who has swallowed the scriptwriters’ notion that this is a film about the superiority of “home” over “away” …would do well to listen to the yearning in Judy Garland’s voice as her face tilts up toward the skies. What she expresses here, what she embodies with the purity of an archetype, is the human dream of leaving…as the music swells and that big, clean voice flies into the anguished longings of the song, can anyone doubt which message is the stronger? In its most potent emotional moment, this is unarguably a film about the joys of going away, of leaving the grayness and entering the color, of making a new life…It is a celebration of Escape, a grand paean to the uprooted self, a hymn—the hymn—to Elsewhere.”

 —Salman Rushdie, “Out of Kansas”

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