Hot Docs 2016: The Slippers – Morgan White

 

Movie history, Hollywood dreams, conspiracies, finger-pointing, millions of dollars, back-stabbing, and the most iconic items in cinema history, Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz are the topics up for perusal in White’s documentary, The Slippers.

Having its Canadian Premiere this afternoon at the Lightbox at 3:15pm, the film delves into the world of movie memorabilia, and when the drive to be collectors truly began. Kent Warner, was called in by MGM to clear out their costumes and other items, and he arranged for one of the biggest auctions of Hollywood memories that had ever happened, and the centerpiece were those iconic ruby slippers, worn by Judy Garland.

From there, we learn about other pairs surfacing, the passing from one collector to another, and the drive of Debbie Reynolds to try and create a Hollywood Museum. There are egos, desires, thefts, wins and losses.

It plays out wonderfully, engaging the audience with the magic of their own memories of their movie experiences and the desire to own, see or touch part of it to pull it from the magical reality of the silver screen and our memories, into our physical world.

White keeps the film moving, with interviews and archival footage, as we follow the Yellow Brick Road that the shoes have walked from their home in Hollywood to destinations across the United States.

A bit of a must for any true film fan, this one is fun, involving, and brings even the viewer with only a passing interest in film memorabilia, into an amazing world, where dreams can be bought, but memories are never for sale.

If you miss it this afternoon, this one screens again on Sunday, May 1 at 1:15pm at the Lightbox, and Sunday, May 8 at 6:45pm at the Regent.

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