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Lewis Carroll (novel) and
Jan Svankmajer (writer)
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Release Date:
26 March 1989 (Netherlands) See more »
A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Alice through the projector lens
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Kristýna Kohoutová ... Alice
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Camilla Power ... Alice (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Jan Svankmajer 
Writing credits
Lewis Carroll (novel "Alice in Wonderland")

Jan Svankmajer  writer

Produced by
Hannes Bressler .... associate producer
Peter-Christian Fueter .... producer
Keith Griffiths .... executive producer
Michael Havas .... executive producer
Paul Madden .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Svatopluk Malý 
Film Editing by
Marie Zemanová 
Production Design by
Jan Svankmajer 
Art Direction by
Jirí Bláha 
Eva Svankmajerová 
Production Management
Eva Heiglová .... production supervisor
Jaromír Kallista .... production manager
Sound Department
Robert Jansa .... sound
Ivo Spalj .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Andy Arnautov .... gaffer
Animation Department
Bedrich Glaser .... animator
Other crew
Terezka Chudobová .... unspecified assistant
Karolina Glaserová .... unspecified assistant
Eva Heiglová .... production coordinator
Ivona Krehová .... unspecified assistant
Nikolka Kreková .... unspecified assistant
Larry Sider .... english version supervisor
Václav Svankmajer .... unspecified assistant
Alice Turner .... translator
Gerry Turner .... translator

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Also Known As:
"Neco z Alenky" - Czechoslovakia (original title)
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86 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Everytime Alice attempts to open up a drawer, the handle seems to break off.See more »
Continuity: In the outdoor scene when Alice cuts her finger, she is obviously missing a front tooth.See more »
[first lines]
Alice:Alice thought to herself... Alice thought to herself 'Now you will see a film... made for children... perhaps... ' But, I nearly forgot... you must... close your eyes... otherwise... you won't see anything.
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17 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Through the Looking Glass, Darkly, 8 May 2000
Author: Michael Sean from United States

Animation legend Jan Svankmajer applies his distinctive style to Lewis Carroll's most famous creation, crafting one of the most original and unforgettable takes on Alice's adventures ever put to film. Having previously adapted Carroll in his 1971 short film, "Jabberwocky," Svankmajer returns to the author's work with this amazing feature-length film. Employing a magnificent blend of live action and stop-motion animation, he uses many of Carroll's ideas as jumping-off points. Many of the characters are reconstructed as nightmarish abstracts of the way they have usually been depicted in previous adaptions. The white rabbit is a stuffed real rabbit who keeps his watch tucked in a sawdust-leaking gap in his chest. The Dormouse has been reduced to a creepy crawling foxlike hide, and the Caterpillar is a sock with eyeballs and teeth that sews its eyes shut when it sleeps. Although familiar characters such as the Mock Turtle and the Cheshire Cat are left out, Svankmajer's film is incredibly faithful to the book's sense of fantasy and absurdity. The minimal dialogue and pronounced sound effects also add to the overall unsettling mood. The key to truly appreciating this version is to forget the common associated imagery from other adaptions, and treat this as its own entity. Just as a dream makes a totally different impression on you than a person you describe it to (regardless of how well you describe it), this film is one man's surreal interpretation of another man's surreal description. The skull-headed birds, walking dolls, and broken-down furniture of Svankmajer's world make this a pretty disturbing telling of Alice's journey, but a masterful, enthralling, and undeniably unique one as well.

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