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Mark charts the cinematic history of Lewis Carroll’s Alice, from the earliest days of the moving image to the present day…
With a new interpretation of the Lewis Carroll classic on DVD and Blu-ray, I thought it might be an interesting diversion to look at the history of Alice In Wonderland in cinema and TV. This is far from a definitive list of Alice-inspired productions, but here are some of those that fell down my rabbit hole...
Alice In Wonderland (1903)
The first film Alice, I think, it stood out if only for the impressively lavish costumes and sets which the director insisted remain faithful to the drawings of Sir John Tenniel, the original illustrator of Lewis Carroll‘s story. However, that blew all the budget, so the cast is mostly the crew, including 'Alice' Mabel Clark who was also the studio secretary. When this came out it was the »
For most Americans who care, the Holocaust-on-film story runs something like this: outside of the release of newsreel footage after the war, and a few tame references in quasi-noirs like "Paris Underground" (1945), the extermination camp phenomenon was too recent and too toxic for mainstream film, until Alain Resnais assembled "Night and Fog" (1955), and an examination of the freakish period could begin in earnest.
It's a timeline that makes emotional sense, given the wholesale trauma involved, but it's also far from true, as the recent DVD release of Wanda Jakubowska's "The Last Stage" (1948) proves. I hardly know where to begin -- a Polish film about life in Auschwitz, made less than three years after liberation of the camp, shot on location in Auschwitz itself, using real liberated prisoners as extras, filmed by a woman (female Polish directors in the '40s?) who had been imprisoned in Auschwitz just three years earlier. »
- Michael Atkinson
2 items from 2010
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