Lake Placid Film Forum to show 'The Wizard of Oz'

LAKE PLACID - The Adirondack Film Society will present a special screening of "The Wizard of Oz," Saturday, Aug. 7, at 2 p.m. at Lake Placid's Palace Theater. Three experts on the world of Oz will be available to answer any questions you might have about this classic film.

Experts will include Jane Lahr, a much-respected book editor and and her brother John Lahr, children of the late Bert Lahr, the actor who will forever be remembered as the Cowardly Lion. John Lahr is the theater critic for the New Yorker magazine, also wrote a much-acclaimed biography of his father, "Notes on a Cowardly Lion."

Also in attendance will be John Fricke, a film historian who has written three books about The Wizard of Oz and two books about Judy Garland. Fricke also received an Emmy Award as co-producer of the 2004 PBS-TV "American Masters" program, "Judy Garland: By Myself."

The moderator of the post-screening discussion will be Kathleen Carroll, the Lake Placid Film Forum's artistic director, who, in her former role as the film critic of the New York Daily News, did an interview in 1975 with the then surviving members of the cast of The Wizard of Oz, including Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Margaret Hamilton along with the producer, Mervyn LeRoy.

Tickets, which are $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger, will be available on the day of the screening. For further information, e-mail katcarr@aol.com.

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