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 asleep beside a stream, Alice follows a stuffed rabbit into a magical world where she encounters several grotesque-looking characters, including a caterpillar and The Mad Hatter. Also released under the title Alice, Neco Z Alenky was nominated for the International Fantasy Film Award at the 1989 Fantasporto Film Festival. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Alice (Neco z Alenky)

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

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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Though [Jan Svankmajer] strips away all sweetness and light, he does not violate Lewis Carroll's story.

Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

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.

Aug 20, 2002 | Full Review…

Not necessarily for young kids, this is a surrealist version with a great deal of attention accorded to objects.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Alice adaptations tend toward whimsical fairy tale wonder, but a director given to animating not only stop-motion puppets but raw meat was bound to bring something more to the project,

Aug 31, 2018 | Full Review…

This is the only filmed version of the material... that persuasively places us right in the middle of a child's nightmare.

Dec 4, 2016 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

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.

Randy Tippy
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.

Greg S
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.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

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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.

Rubia  Carolina
Rubia Carolina

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