Directed by Morgan White
THE SLIPPERS pulls back the Wizard’s curtain on the unbelievable story and cultural impact of Dorothy's Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz. Through first-hand accounts and archival interviews, THE SLIPPERS will detail the life of the Ruby Slippers after their sale at the famed 1970 MGM auction. Discovered by costumer Kent Warner, it is unclear how many pairs were found and how many pairs exist. That mystery has only helped to propel the shoes to the forefront of the Hollywood memorabilia market. They have been bought, stolen, and coveted by many. They are considered the most important piece of Hollywood memorabilia and the catalyst for the creation of Hollywood memorabilia collecting.
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★★★★ review by Corey Pierce on Letterboxd
Just a bit over a year ago I finally laid eyes on THE REP, Morgan White’s excellent documentary about the rise and fall of the beloved and sadly out-of-business Toronto Underground Cinema. I went into this follow-up unsure if a focus tracing the cultural impact of a single piece of film memorabilia could sustain a feature length, and was more than pleasantly surprised to see that not only will THE SLIPPERS satisfy film lovers let alone Ozheads, but that White has significantly leveled up in his craftmanship in a short period. This is a slick, professional piece of work that indicates a passion for the subject matter that rivals that of his wealthy subjects. The story of the titular ruby slippers keeps going into unexpected places – conspiracy theories, capers, failed dreams, and deep envy. The lively talking heads, including a healthy dose of Debbie Reynolds, collectively reveal the rise of memorabilia collecting and how these props take on iconic and symbolic significance that transcend their original context into objects of inspiration, achievement, and how sad it can be to watch what happens when they fall into the hands of someone who doesn’t appreciate them.
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★★★½ review by Chrissy on Letterboxd
I saw this in a theatre but it seemed to be edited almost like a TV mini series with its fades to black consistently throughout the film.
It is really interesting in regards to the history of these shoes as well as the recognition of Hollywood memorabilia and the preservation of its history.
★★★½ review by Mark Gubarenko | Марк Губаренко on Letterboxd
Забавная околокиношная документалка про красные туфельки Дороти (из Волшебника Оз). Причем веселье в штатах началось в 80х, когда туфельки на аукционе продали, а потом еще оказалось есть 3 пары в других местах. Просто владельцы MGM хотели, чтобы была только одна копия, а костюмеру жалко было уничтожать и он их дарил. Ну и много остальных историй про туфельки.
★★★★ review by Sean Kelly on Letterboxd
It is amazing that a piece of footwear can hold so much value for so many people and The Slippers is recommended viewing for all classic cinephiles.
★★★½ review by Derek Deskins on Letterboxd
Much of this story takes place in the past and White is smart in the deployment and use of archival footage, even if some clips feel somewhat over recycled. White is able to transport us to the days of old Hollywood, to a time when there was no industry for movie memorabilia and props were more likely thrown out than coveted.
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