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.
Did You Know?
Director Jonathan Miller
explained that the reason that none of the actors (even those playing non-human characters) wore costumes aside from Victorian period dress, was that he thought it was ridiculous to get big name stars to play parts (as he did in this version and MGM had done in Alice in Wonderland
(1933)) and then cover them up in big costume animal heads so they were unrecognizable. See more
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