I’m off to a Hallowe’en party on Saturday and I’ve been trying to find a costume. My first plan was to paint my face green and go as the Wicked Witch of the West.
Margaret Hamilton, on film in "The Wizard of Oz"
Or, if I was feeling slightly more cultured on the night, Idina Menzel’s Elphaba.
Idina Menzel, on stage in "Wicked"
Plan B, after searching through google images for inspiration, is to try my hand at a Dia De Los Muertos skull. The photos below are from various sources (I only wish my face painting were that good!) and are somehow remarkably beautiful and delightfully morbid at the same time.
Emmcy @ DeviantArt
Emmcy @ DeviantArt
Pifpaf @ DeviantArt
Apparently if you listen to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon while watching The Wizard of Oz, there’s all sorts of points when the music and the film match up. Maybe I’ve just been sheltered thus far, but I’d never heard of this.
For reference, here’s a list from imdb.com:
- The line “balanced on the biggest wave” comes as Dorothy balances on the fence
- The song “On the Run” starts as Dorothy falls off the fence
- “The Great Gig in the Sky” begins when the tornado first appears
- The song “Us and Them” is played when Dorothy meets the Wicked Witch of the West
- The line “black and blue” is repeated when they are talking to one another (Dorothy in her blue outfit, the Wicked Witch in black)
- The line “the lunatic is on the grass…” coincides with Dorothy meeting the Scarecrow
- When we first see Miss Gulch on her bicycle, the song “Time” starts with its bells and alarms
- Dorothy asks Professor Marvel what else he sees in his crystal ball as the line “thought I’d something more to say” comes along in the song “Time”
- As the Scarecrow sings “If I Only Had a Brain”, Pink Floyd sing “Brain Damage”
- Side 1 of the original vinyl album (up to the end of “The Great Gig in the Sky”) is exactly as long as the black and white portion of the film
- As Dorothy listens to the Tin Man’s chest, the album ends with the famous heartbeat sound effect