The world of magic has been a favorite subject of films almost since films began. This is most likely due to the fact that, even though we have known since those who study of science began holding majority opinion, and spiritual leaders and mystics started taking a back seat. No more do we look to the sky and see a sun god, or consult a healer to perform rites over our sick. We do still enjoy a good story, though, and the subject of magic still sparks our imagination. What exactly is magic? It is the manipulation of the energies of all things around us, using our own personal energy, that of special objects, and through the use of words or prayers to a spiritual entity of some kind. There are several kinds of practitioners of magic. There are witches and warlocks, who usually use magic as a element of their religious practices, then there are sorceresses and sorcerers or wizards who practice magic as a science of sorts. Both types can be evil or good depending on the alignment of the spirit or deities they worship or call on, or also depending on whether they are using positive or negative energies, and also their motivation. In films we see any all types of practitioners in many types of stories, but for this list I am concentrating on the Wizard only, and films about them.
#6 – The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger
The classic adaptation of Frank Baum’s children’s book. Frank Morgan plays the title character that’s not exactly who he pretends to be, hiding behind a screen of special effects and faux magic. Morgan was also given other roles in the film including Professor Marvel, the Gatekeeper, the cab driver, and the Wizard’s Guard. We all remember growing up with this story, and even though he didn’t really practice magic, we remember this wizard all the same.