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8 Incredibly Iconic Items In Great Movies

Published February 12, 2014 by gossipzoo

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Every movie has character and story, but sometimes what really makes a narrative move is what those characters want and why the story is even being told in the first place. This usually involves an item. A single item. Nothing more. It can be money or a diamond or a letter. It can be something that the characters will kill to get or kill to protect. An item can tell us everything we need to know about a character or story without anyone having to say it or it can morph a character into something completely different.

Story driving items in film can be the life and blood of a movie. Sometimes it can create an entire franchise. An item can be a reflection of the audience. It can represent our greed, lust, or ambition. It helps us relate with the characters and get more involved with the stories on screen. We may want the same item as bad as the protagonists or we understand why something would be so fantastic to have.

Here, I present a quick list of 10 iconic items from great films where I hope to touch on their presence in the film and why they are great as samples of items that push a film to great heights and why they have become iconic in image. I will avoid living beings, cars, and animated features, to focus the list.

So here is a top eight rundown of great film items that force themselves at the center of the film’s attention…

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Ruth Robinson Duccini, Wizard of Oz Munchkin, Dies at 95

Published February 7, 2014 by gossipzoo

Ruth Robinson Duccini, the last of the original female Munchkins from the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, has died. She was 95.

With her death, only one actor who played one of the original 124 Munchkins in the movie remains alive.

Duccini died of natural causes in Solari Hospice Care Center in Las Vegas on Thursday.

Her death was confirmed by Stephen Cox, author of The Munchkins of Oz. He says he learned of it from Duccini’s son.

Duccini, born in Rush City, Minn., traveled to California with a troupe little people, and was cast in the MGM fantasy movie starring Judy Garland. Duccini was 4 feet tall.

Cox provided a recent statement made by Duccini about her time on the movie set.

“It was long hours and heavy costumes. We didn’t have much time for ourselves. It was all new to me then, and I loved being a part of what is now a classic,” she said.

Duccini met her husband while working at MGM, and the two had a son and daughter.

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She worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” in Santa Monica, Calif., during World War II, using her short stature to squeeze into hard-to-reach parts of planes. She also appeared in the spoof Under the Rainbow starring Chevy Chase and Carrie Fisher.

In her later years, Duccini appeared at festivals and screenings celebrating The Wizard of Oz.

The only surviving original Munchkin is Jerry Maren, 93, of Los Angeles, who portrayed a member of the Lollipop Guild.

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