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
Jan 1, 1988 Wide
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The definitive version of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Though [Jan Svankmajer] strips away all sweetness and light, he does not violate Lewis Carroll's story.
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.
Not necessarily for young kids, this is a surrealist version with a great deal of attention accorded to objects.
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.
Its glorious proliferation of magical transformations works like a charm on anyone who values the imagination.
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
Alice is macabre, haunting, and very true to the spirit of Carroll's book, exploring the marvels and fears of a child's imagination.
Svankmajer's surrealist adaptation is a welcome antidote to the cute and cuddly Disneyfication of Carroll's iconic tale.
As disturbing as this is, it's also a fascinating spin on a well-worn tale.
Alice is an 86-minute film, a 125,000-frame puzzle, and a meticulously constructed infantile dream.
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.
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