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Alice in Wonderland (1966)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Family, Fantasy  |  28 December 1966 (UK)
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Anne-Marie Mallik ...
Freda Dowie ...
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Jo Maxwell Muller ...
Alice's Sister (as Jo Maxwell-Muller)
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Geoffrey Dunn ...
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Nicholas Evans ...
Julian Jebb ...
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Caterpillar (as Sir Michael Redgrave)
John Bird ...
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There have been numerous film adaptations of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", over the years. This one which was produced, written and directed by Jonathan Miller in 1966 for the BBC, is one of the most original, capturing the surreal dreamlike quality of the book. Miller wanted to get away from the Disney image of the novel; he saw the novel as a picture of upper-middle-class Victorian society: stuffy, pompous and ritualistic. He was inspired by pre-Raphaelite paintings and Victorian photography; thus the imagery in this film is beautiful and is enhanced by Ravi Shankar's haunting music.

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Peter Eyre (The Knave of Hearts) would later play the Frogface Footman in Alice in Wonderland (1999). See more »

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In the scenes with the Mock Turtle, his legs are crossed in all the long shots, but in close-up shots, his legs are in a completely different position; without there being enough time to have changed them from one shot and another. See more »

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Curiouser and Wonderfully Curiouser!
25 November 2003 | by (Dallas, Tx) – See all my reviews

Alice in Wonderland is one of the most astounding works of literature. It has therefore inspired many entertainers to do many different variations of Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass.

Jonathan Miller's BBC version is extremely different from most adaptations of Alice, especially the Disney version (which is not really the most accurate portrayal of Lewis Carroll's logically illogical world). Miller evokes a rather haunting and surrealistic Victorian dreamworld filled with stuffy grown-ups numbly adhering to propriety and social etiquette. Alice is lost in this landscape, trying to find herself and trying to understand the process of growing up.

This variation is clearly more suitable for adults, since the mood is darker and none of the characters have any makeup at all. But the cast is excellent, with appearances by such legends as Sir Michael Redgrave, Sir John Gielgud, and Peter Sellers. Anne-Marie Mallik portrays a more sullen Alice but is perfect for this version of Wonderland.

A unique and artistic production- a must for Alice fans who like to see Lewis Carroll in all forms!


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