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Who’s to say what would have become of Judy Garland had the film execs at MGM gone with their collective gut and cut her now-classic “Over the Rainbow” musical number from the final version of The Wizard of Oz? Perhaps it would have spared Garland the drug addictions, failed marriages, and suicidal tendencies that plagued the oft-depressed actress throughout her tumultuous career before her 1969 death by accidental overdose of barbiturates. But it would have cost us a killer film accompaniment to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Included among the five films joining The Wizard of Oz as part of the American Film Institute’s “Judy Garland Sings” retrospective are Meet Me in St. Louis—one of the few films Garland claimed to have been happy with in regard to her on-screen appearance—and A Star Is Born, which marked her triumphant return to film following a four-year-long absence but led to yet another crippling depression when she lost the Academy Award to Grace Kelly. The series runs to Thursday, Jan. 11, 2007, at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $9.25. (301) 495-6700. (Matthew Borlik)