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Alice (Neco z Alenky)

Alice (Neco z Alenky) (1988)


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Czech surrealist filmmaker Jan Svankmajer, who gained a reputation for his short subjects, makes his feature-film debut with Neco z Alenky, a grotesque look into the darkest, wildest recesses of a child's mind. A surreal adaptation of Lewis Carroll's children's classic Alice in Wonderland, the film stars Kristyna Kohoutová as Alice, the only human character in the film. The other roles, which are voiced by Alice, are filled by an odd menagerie of animated clay, puppets, and meat. After falling

Apr 11, 2000

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The definitive version of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Though [Jan Svankmajer] strips away all sweetness and light, he does not violate Lewis Carroll's story.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It takes us back to a time in the history of movies when audiences responded to the images on screen with a combination of awe and fear, when in submitting to them, we felt as if we were submitting to a spell.

August 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Not necessarily for young kids, this is a surrealist version with a great deal of attention accorded to objects.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Nothing in Svankmajer's Alice is inappropriate per se [...] and Svankmajer does stay true to the particulars of Carroll's book. But he also put his personal stamp on Alice, by literalizing on film a lot of what reads as fantasy on the page.

April 15, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Its glorious proliferation of magical transformations works like a charm on anyone who values the imagination.

November 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

a triumph of the creative imagination, reordering both Lewis Carroll's original text and the drabness of the material world into a disturbing wonderland of textures and tactility

May 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Alice is macabre, haunting, and very true to the spirit of Carroll's book, exploring the marvels and fears of a child's imagination.

December 4, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Svankmajer's surrealist adaptation is a welcome antidote to the cute and cuddly Disneyfication of Carroll's iconic tale.

September 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

For adults trying to remember that first acid trip, it's a winner.

June 13, 2004 Full Review Source:

A masterpiece of surrealism that's more Tim Burton than Walt Disney.

July 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal | Comments (2)
Montreal Film Journal

As disturbing as this is, it's also a fascinating spin on a well-worn tale.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

Alice is an 86-minute film, a 125,000-frame puzzle, and a meticulously constructed infantile dream.

August 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Senses of Cinema
Senses of Cinema

At once far more faithful to its source material than the popular Disney version, and farther from it in tone than one might ever imagine.

June 11, 2002 Full Review Source:

This production is not a laugh a minute, but it's definitely an unusual and impressive film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Audience Reviews for Alice (Neco z Alenky)

Blissfully bizarre! Exactly how Lewis Carroll would have envisioned it had he been a crack addicted taxidermist with a fetish for sock puppets.
March 2, 2011
Randy Tippy

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A young girl visits a wonderful land of white rabbits, mad hatters and skull-faced animals with razor sharp teeth in this dark and surreal stop-motion animation adaptation of ALICE IN WONDERLAND. The whimsical flavor of Lewis Carroll blends astoundingly well with Jan Svankmajer's nightmare seasonings, like mixing pure cane sugar with white powder heroin.
January 13, 2011
Greg S

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Essentially an art house interpretation of Alice In Wonderland. It's extremely bizarre and dark compared to most adaptions. The stop motion animation fits really well with the style of the film. It's very much an unknown treasure and i'd recommend it to anyone who loves the story or just likes bizarre, demented kid's movies.
February 5, 2010

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I have to admit that I tried to watch it more than three times without sucess - due to the stop motion animation, it can be a bit tedious and tiredness. After maybe the third try, I watched it entirely and it ws a pleasant surrealist experience. Pretty interesting.

January 11, 2010

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