On March 31, Steven Spielberg welcomed movie buffs around the world to join the AFI Movie Club, a virtual gathering which will spotlight a movie a day wth material from the AFI Archive to enhance their viewing experience. The first selection, introduced by Spielberg, was The Wizard of Oz.
“Welcome to the launch of the AFI Movie Club, where all you have to do to become a member is to love movies,” said Steven Spielberg.
Obviously the themes of wanting to return home is familiar to the director of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, so he was the perfect choice to introduce The Wizard of Oz.
Along with watching the movie during that given day, AFI will provide movie lovers videos from their archive to deepen their experience. Interviews with Judy Garland’s daughters Liza Minnelli and Lorna Luft were presented yesterday:
I’ll be checking in on the AFI.com/movieclub for the daily updates on their fillm selections. If you want to join in on the conversations and expand your own film community, use #AFIMovieClub on Twitter and Instagram.
I was late to the party for The Wizard of Oz, but hopefully I’ll join the “club” for future AFI Movie Club selections!! What are some of the movies you have been watching during this time of social distancing? Feel free to comment below!!
Streaming options for the selected films will also be available on the AFI site. If you want to go straight to the video source, subscribe to their YouTube Channel.