an assignment at West
Point U.S. Military Academy,
in conversation with West Point's Thayer
Hotel receptionist, Brodsky learns that in 1939 the Military
Academy was used as the setting for the witch's tower
scene in the filming of 'The Wizard of Oz'.
Wizard of Oz was produced in 1939, on the eve of WW2, by the
Hollywood film production company, Metro
Goldwyn Mayer (MGM).
MGM was founded in 1924 by Marcus Loew of the production company
Metro Pictures who bought out both the Goldwyn Company and
the business of Luis B. Mayer. Despite the inclusion of his
was never a member of MGM.
The soundtrack used in the tower scene is Night
on Bald Mountain
an 1860 piece of music depicting a witches' Sabbath by Russian
The same piece of music is found in the Chernobog
scene in Disney's Fantasia
made at RKO Studios
using a new audio technology, fantasound.
carries out an analysis of the original soundtrack, searching
for any evidence of information on nonaural