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"Now you will see a film. For children. Perhaps!" - Alice



Jan Švankmajer’s 1988 version of Alice is probably the strangest of all.  This Czechoslovakian cult classic relies heavily on the surrealism of a dream experience.  Interestingly, the story is narrated by Alice herself, who also speaks the lines of the other characters, much like a girl playing with her dolls.  Will Brooker points out that the film “becomes far less reliant on the pleasures of unconventional conversation and tricks with language and far more on striking visual imagery” (216).  And the visual component is certainly the remarkable. Alice herself is played by a live-action actress, but the rest of the characters are grotesque and bizarre puppets or toys brought to life using stop-animation.  For utter chaos and absurdity, Švankmajer’s version probably matches Carroll’s book, however the fun and the sense of play is certainly missing, making this version much more fit for adults than children.  Below you can watch three clips from the film dubbed in English, the opening title sequence, Alice and the Caterpillar, and the Duchess’ Kitchen/A Mad Tea Party. 


The Full Film


Alice and the Caterpillar


A Mad Tea Party


Directed by: Jan Švankmajer

Produced by:
Peter-Christian Fueter

Written by:
Lewis Carroll; Jan Švankmajer

Kristýna Kohoutová; Camilla Power (English dub voice)

Editing by:
Marie Zemanová

Release date:
3 August 1988 (USA)

Running time:
86 min.

Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, United Kingdom, West Germany


Review from Justpressplay.net

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