Why Does The Witch In "The Wizard of Oz" Throw The Hourglass Down And Break It?
I've never understood that, nor do I understand why the spell is broken once Dorothy gets out of the witch's room.
Witchi-Poo had anger issues?
It's not a spell--she's planning to come back to the room after the hour is up to kill Dorothy.
Throwing the hourglass is just to be dramatic and inspire awe and terror.
btw, stop asking stupid questions about "The Wizard of oz." Two threads about it in as many days is one too many.
It was full of cocaine and she needed a bump...badly. You know how it is?
Um, she was mad???????
The Witch, like any fabulous bitch, knows that to make the point that you're angry you MUST smash something.
She was protesting the fact that John and Marlena were being kept apart by the evil Stefano.
She's green. Ethnic minorities are famous for their tempers.
The witch was pissed because Heath Ledger (that one of a kind talent who only comes along once a century) was unable to be in the picture because he would, unfortunately, not be born for another 40 years.
Because she wanted to make time fly.
Bad hair day… and she started her period.
Witch cramps are a bitch!
Because Dorothy wouldn't give her the cha-cha heels she wanted.
It was an open secret that Margaret Hamilton hated Victor Fleming. That hour glass belonged to Victor (a family heirloom) and she threw it down during that scene (she was just supposed to shake violently it in Dorothy's face) after she had found out that her good friend George Cukor had been fired from "Gone With the Wind" and replaced by her nemesis Fleming.
Dorothy was such a wuss. First of all, it's clear that the if the West Witch touches the shoes she's electrocuted. So why doesn't Dorothy just kick her? Or hop at her on one foot with the other foot like a battering ram.
And what about the lion, was he a "dandy lion" or what?
And what about the West Witch, was Dorothy ever tried for her murder and he sister's murder? OK maybe, just MAYBE it was an accident, but there should have been an inquest right?
And what about the lullaby league? What's up with that?
[quote] It's not a spell--she's planning to come back to the room after the hour is up to kill Dorothy.
This is the pre-cursor to Roger ebert's "talking killer"...."The villain wants to kill the hero. He has him cornered at gunpoint. All he has to do is pull the trigger. But he always talks first. He explains the hero's mistakes to him. Jeers. Laughs. And gives the hero time to think his way out of the situation, or be rescued by his buddy"
That bitch Florida stole my routine.
The hourglass is owned by Willard Carroll who has the ultimate "Oz" collection.
Here's a pic.
As a child, I couldn't understand why Dorothy didn't just turn the hourglass over once the WWW was out of the room.
[quote]As a child, I couldn't understand why Dorothy didn't just turn the hourglass over once the WWW was out of the room.
Wtf, bitch, just flip the damn thing!
Superhero comics used to always have this situation. the villain would have Batman and Robin in a deathtrap, but wouldn't stay to see them die because he was off to steal Mrs. van Gottrocks' diamonds or loot the US Mint. of curse, Batman and Robin would not only escape, but would manage to foil the theft immediately thereafter.
Why did the witch need to wait an hour then?
I think that hourglass is a fake, r18. I doubt they had copies lying around. I'm not aware of this ever being up for auction. I know the other pieces that were. Replicas of the Oz hourglass are out there.
The director/producer/writers struggled to show you could bend time and that you could travel through space and time to a completely different world. To make the audience abandon the preconceived notions they had about time they had the witch shatter the hourglass to subliminally free their minds therefore making the movie more engaging.
My siblings were 6 to 8 years older than me, so when I was little and prime age to be scared of the witch, they were at that pre-teen early teen smart ass age and always used to give commentary how Dorothy was not very bright and why not just to turn the hour glass over.
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I feel so dumb. I always thought that after the sands ran through the hourglass, it was going to explode like a bomb, killing Dorothy. I never considered the With was just going to return. Oh, well...
It was for dramatic effect...I remember getting scared when the witch threw it.
Margaret Hamilton was upset because she just learned that in 74 years, a young woman named Mila Kunas would play the same role even though she can't act her way out of a paper bag. She just had a little on-set breakdown, and it looked cool on film so they kept it in the final print.
The witch scared the hell out of me when I was a kid. So did the angry talking trees and those flying things.
it's a shame Margaret Hamilton was blacklisted in the 50's.
[quote]Why did the witch need to wait an hour then?
Union rules: an hour for lunch, called at the same time every day.
The hourglass survived. It was used as a prop in the 7 Faces of Doctor Lao. You can spot the hourglass (and the crystal ball) in the hallway inside his tent. It's only visible for a second or two, but it's been confirmed that it's the same glass.
[quote]Why did the witch need to wait an hour then?
Remember how the witch got zapped when she tried to remove the shoes by force? (I love how she brandishes her singed fingertips at Dorothy in her rage.)
Just before she leaves the room the witch says, "These things must be done delicately, or you hurt the spell." It's an evil spell and Dorothy has to be prepared like a lamb going to the slaughter. She has to be broken down some more before the witch can proceed with the shoe removal. That is why the witch messes with Dorothy's head by sending her a vision of Auntie Em in the crystal ball then appearing herself in the ball mocking Dorothy in her solitary terror.
when I saw that scene as a kid it seamed to me that the witch was casting some spell, that the last sand falling into the lower half of the glass would some how 'trigger' Dorothy's desk.
I didn't view it as an egg timer.
[quote]Just before she leaves the room the witch says, "These things must be done delicately, or you hurt the spell."
Personally, I think WWoftheW is grasping. She really doesn't have any idea about getting those shoes or how they work. Like a lot of sociopaths, there are huge gaps in her reasoning. It would have ended badly for her, bucket of water in the face or not.
Well, the Witch threw the hourglass, knowing full well that it would burst into flame and scare the bejesus out of Dorothy and crew. She's a terrorist!
A great book for any Oz fan is "The Making of the Wizard of Oz" published in November 1977. The author is Aljean Harmetz. Margaret Hamilton wrote the forward. It goes into much detail about the production. With so many crappy movies out today I'm glad people still want to discuss this classic.
They overdubbed it. The original words went like this
Dorothy) So did you enjoy fingering me? Welcome to the wonderful world of AIDS.
Then the WWotW threw the glass
The film was the worst edited in the history of cinema.
Breaking the hour glass defies gravity.
Why was there a bucket of water hanging around? Since when do witches, especially ones who can be killed by water, care if their castle is clean?
It's a metaphor, r46.
"She really doesn't have any idea about getting those shoes or how they work."
When her sister was killed by the falling house, her legs shrivelled-up and the shoes became available.
Dorothy's death would be necessary.