Down the Rabbit Hole: Films inspired by Carroll's Alice books.

by lookingglass96 | created - 18 Nov 2018 | updated - 11 months ago | Public

A "canon" of films inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice novels. Includes films cited as being Carroll-esque by reviewers and scholars, as well as films from the festivals "Alice and other Lost Girls in Fantastic Worlds" (LACMA, 2011) "Alice: A Mental Journey" (Kyoto Minami-Kaikan, 2015) "Alice is Everywhere" (ACMI, 2018) and "Alice film programme: Through the Looking-Glass" (EyeFilmMuseum, 2019)

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1. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

92 Metascore

Young Dorothy Gale and her dog are swept away by a tornado from their Kansas farm to the magical Land of Oz, and embark on a quest with three new friends to see the Wizard, who can return her to her home and fulfill the others' wishes.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, Richard Thorpe, King Vidor | Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr

Votes: 394,999 | Gross: $2.08M

Played ACMI Melbourne's "Alice is Everywhere" film Festival in 2018. Played EyeFilmMuseum's "Alice film programme: Through the Looking-Glass" in 2019.

Based on the L Frank Baum novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz".

2. At Land (1944)

15 min | Short

Silently, a woman wakes on a beach as the tides go in reverse. Her dreamscape unfolds as she tries to locate a chess piece traveling from the beach to a party to a country road and then back.

Director: Maya Deren | Stars: John Cage, Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid, Hella Heyman

Votes: 3,027

Played ACMI Melbourne's "Alice is Everywhere" film Festival in 2018.

3. The Petrified Dog (1948)

18 min | Short

A number of scenes are cut and assembled together to explore the meaning and interpretation of art.

Director: Sidney Peterson | Star: Marie Hirsh

Votes: 125

Played ACMI Melbourne's "Alice is Everywhere" film Festival in 2018.

4. Little Fugitive (1953)

Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Family

91 Metascore

A young boy fears that he shot his older brother, who is only faking. He then runs away to Coney Island, a crowded beach area, and gets money by returning soda bottles for their deposits.

Directors: Ray Ashley, Morris Engel, Ruth Orkin | Stars: Richard Brewster, Winifred Cushing, Jay Williams, Will Lee

Votes: 2,803 | Gross: $0.03M

Played ACMI Melbourne's "Alice is Everywhere" film Festival in 2018.

5. Zazie dans le Métro (1960)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Fantasy

With her mother away for the weekend, a brash and precocious ten-year-old country girl sets out to explore Paris during a Métro strike under her uncle's not-so-watchful eye. But can a little girl cause so much chaos in the city centre?

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Catherine Demongeot, Philippe Noiret, Hubert Deschamps, Carla Marlier

Votes: 6,258

Played Kyoto Minami-Kaikan's "Alice: A Mental Journey" film festival in 2015

Based on the Raymond Queneau novel of the same name.

6. Juliet of the Spirits (1965)

Not Rated | 137 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

83 Metascore

Visions, memories, and mysticism all help a 40-something woman to find the strength to leave her cheating husband.

Director: Federico Fellini | Stars: Giulietta Masina, Sandra Milo, Mario Pisu, Valentina Cortese

Votes: 13,696 | Gross: $0.08M

Played ACMI Melbourne's "Alice is Everywhere" film Festival in 2018.

7. Daisies (1966)

74 min | Comedy

After realizing that all world is spoiled, Marie and Marie are committed to be spoiled themselves. They rip off older men, feast in lavish meals and do all kinds of mischief. But what is all this leading to?

Director: Vera Chytilová | Stars: Ivana Karbanová, Jitka Cerhová, Marie Cesková, Jirina Myskova

Votes: 12,447

Played LA LACMA's "Alice and Other Lost Girls in Fantastic Worlds" film festival in 2011.

8. Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? (1966)

Not Rated | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

A model tells a television crew about her dreams of a life with Prince Charming while she is fending off the lecherous advances of a horde of men.

Director: William Klein | Stars: Dorothy McGowan, Jean Rochefort, Sami Frey, Grayson Hall

Votes: 1,139

9. Kusama's Self-Obliteration (1967)

24 min | Short

The artist uses polka dots to cover and conceal people, animals, the environment, and everything around. It is a metaphor of giving up identity, abolishing uniqueness, and becoming one with the universe-or "self-obliteration."

Director: Jud Yalkut | Stars: Yayoi Kusama, Joe Jones, Don Snyder

Votes: 144

Played ACMI Melbourne's "Alice is Everywhere" film Festival in 2018.

10. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)

Not Rated | 77 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Surreal tale in which love, fear, sex and religion merge into one fantastic world, based on a classical Czech novel of the same title.

Director: Jaromil Jires | Stars: Jaroslava Schallerová, Helena Anýzová, Petr Kopriva, Jirí Prýmek

Votes: 9,821

Played LA LACMA's "Alice and Other Lost Girls in Fantastic Worlds" film festival in 2011. Played ACMI Melbourne's "Alice is Everywhere" film Festival in 2018.

Based on the Vitezslav Nezval novel of the same name.

11. Fruit of Paradise (1970)

99 min | Drama

An experimental retelling of the story of Adam and Eve which then progresses into an allegorical depiction of loss of innocence.

Director: Vera Chytilová | Stars: Jitka Nováková, Karel Novak, Jan Schmid, Julius Albert

Votes: 1,152

Played LA LACMA's "Alice and Other Lost Girls in Fantastic Worlds" film festival in 2011.

12. Case for a Rookie Hangman (1970)

107 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Lemuel Gulliver (Lubomír Kostelka) has had a car accident and continues his journey across the unknown countryside on foot. On the road he finds a dead rabbit dressed like a man and takes a... See full summary »

Director: Pavel Jurácek | Stars: Lubomír Kostelka, Klára Jerneková, Milena Zahrynowska, Radovan Lukavský

Votes: 597

13. Jabberwocky (1971)

14 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

Lewis Carroll's poem is read and followed by a free-form animated depiction of images and toys from childhood, repeatedly overturned by a live cat.

Director: Jan Svankmajer

Votes: 1,404

Played ACMI Melbourne's "Alice is Everywhere" film Festival in 2018.

14. What? (1972)

R | 112 min | Comedy

During her Italian vacation, a young and beautiful American tourist finds herself as a guest in a coastal villa inhabited by a bunch of odd people.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Marcello Mastroianni, Sydne Rome, Hugh Griffith, Romolo Valli

Votes: 3,983 | Gross: $0.00M

Content warning: Contains sexual behaviour considered outdated.

Played EyeFilmMuseum's "Alice film programme: Through the Looking-Glass" in 2019.

15. Celine and Julie Go Boating (1974)

Unrated | 193 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A mysteriously linked pair of young women find their daily lives preempted by a strange boudoir melodrama that plays itself out in a hallucinatory parallel reality.

Director: Jacques Rivette | Stars: Juliet Berto, Dominique Labourier, Bulle Ogier, Marie-France Pisier

Votes: 5,600 | Gross: $0.03M

Played ACMI Melbourne's "Alice is Everywhere" film Festival in 2018.

16. Alice in the Cities (1974)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

78 Metascore

A German journalist is saddled with a nine-year-old girl after encountering her mother at a New York airport.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Yella Rottländer, Rüdiger Vogler, Lisa Kreuzer, Edda Köchl

Votes: 11,755

Played ACMI Melbourne's "Alice is Everywhere" film Festival in 2018.

17. Black Moon (1975)

R | 100 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

To escape a gender war, a girl flees to a remote farmhouse and becomes part of an extensive family's unusual, perhaps even supernatural, lifestyle.

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Cathryn Harrison, Therese Giehse, Alexandra Stewart, Joe Dallesandro

Votes: 5,783

18. Alice or The Last Escapade (1977)

93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Alice Carol leaves her husband one rainy night, telling him that she does not love him anymore. She travels alone but when her windscreen breaks on a lonely road, she has to stop and seek ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Sylvia Kristel, Charles Vanel, Fernand Ledoux, François Perrot

Votes: 1,086

Has an Essay in the 2018 ACMI Exhibition book "Wonderland: Alice on Screen" written by Darragh O’Donoghue

19. Down to the Cellar (1983)

15 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

A little girl goes down to the basement cellar to fetch some potatoes, and finds all her hidden fears about the cellar depicted in animated form.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Monika Belo-Cabanová, Olga Vronská, Aleksandr Letko

Votes: 1,042

Played ACMI Melbourne's "Alice is Everywhere" film Festival in 2018

20. Return to Oz (1985)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

42 Metascore

Dorothy, saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, is somehow called back to Oz when a vain witch and the Nome King destroy everything that makes the magical land beautiful.

Director: Walter Murch | Stars: Fairuza Balk, Nicol Williamson, Jean Marsh, Piper Laurie

Votes: 27,399

Based on L Frank Baum's books "Land of Oz" and "Ozma of Oz".

21. Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

71 Metascore

A bored New Jersey suburban housewife's fascination with a free-spirited woman she has read about in the personal columns leads to her being mistaken for the woman herself.

Director: Susan Seidelman | Stars: Rosanna Arquette, Madonna, Aidan Quinn, Mark Blum

Votes: 23,703 | Gross: $27.40M

Played ACMI Melbourne's "Alice is Everywhere" film Festival in 2018.

22. After Hours (I) (1985)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

90 Metascore

An ordinary word processor has the worst night of his life after he agrees to visit a girl in Soho whom he met that evening at a coffee shop.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Griffin Dunne, Rosanna Arquette, Verna Bloom, Tommy Chong

Votes: 68,962 | Gross: $10.60M

23. Labyrinth (1986)

PG | 101 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

50 Metascore

Sixteen-year-old Sarah is given thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother Toby when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King Jareth.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson

Votes: 135,958 | Gross: $12.73M

24. Wild at Heart (1990)

R | 125 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

52 Metascore

Young lovers Sailor and Lula run from the variety of weirdos that Lula's mom has hired to kill Sailor.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Willem Dafoe, J.E. Freeman

Votes: 93,025 | Gross: $14.56M

Content warning: Contains strong, extreme violence and sexual content.

Played EyeFilmMuseum's "Alice film programme: Through the Looking-Glass" in 2019.

Based on the novel of the same name by Barry Gilford.

25. Are We Still Married? (1992)

Not Rated | 3 min | Animation, Short

A tear falls from the eyes of a veiled face. A white ball whips around a heart-shaped paddle. A mournful voice sings, "Are we still married?" A child's stuffed rabbit watches, sees ... See full summary »

Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay

Votes: 680

Has an Essay in the 2018 ACMI Exhibition book "Wonderland: Alice on Screen" written by James Hewison.

26. Stille Nacht IV: Can't Go Wrong Without You (1993)

3 min | Animation, Short

A short black and white animated film with a contemporary musical accompaniment.

Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay

Votes: 552

Has an Essay in the 2018 ACMI Exhibition book "Wonderland: Alice on Screen" written by James Hewison.

27. Tobira o akete (1995 Video)

11 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

It's bedtime and Nonoko is about to go to sleep. But the play of light and shadow on those objects on the wall, look almost like - a person.

Director: Kôji Morimoto | Stars: Chika Sakamoto, Yôko Sômi, Hiro Yûki

Votes: 47

28. The Matrix (1999)

R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

When a beautiful stranger leads computer hacker Neo to a forbidding underworld, he discovers the shocking truth--the life he knows is the elaborate deception of an evil cyber-intelligence.

Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 1,879,925 | Gross: $171.48M

Content warning: Contains strong violence.

Played EyeFilmMuseum's "Alice film programme: Through the Looking-Glass" in 2019.

29. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

96 Metascore

During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 744,925 | Gross: $10.06M

30. The Cat Returns (2002)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

70 Metascore

After helping a cat, a seventeen-year-old girl finds herself involuntarily engaged to a cat Prince in a magical world where her only hope of freedom lies with a dapper cat statuette come to life.

Director: Hiroyuki Morita | Stars: Chizuru Ikewaki, Yoshihiko Hakamada, Aki Maeda, Takayuki Yamada

Votes: 56,364

Based on the Aoi Hiiragi manga "Baron: The Cat Returns".

31. Superflat Monogram (2003)

5 min | Animation, Short, Sci-Fi

A corporate sponsored short subject takes the viewer on a spin through an elastic, hieroglyphic wonderland.

Director: Mamoru Hosoda

Votes: 144

Has an Essay in the 2018 ACMI Exhibition book "Wonderland: Alice on Screen" written by David Surman.

32. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

PG | 143 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

75 Metascore

Four kids travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia and learn of their destiny to free it with the guidance of a mystical lion.

Director: Andrew Adamson | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Georgie Henley, William Moseley, Skandar Keynes

Votes: 394,299 | Gross: $291.71M

Based on the C.S Lewis novel of the same name.

33. Mirrormask (2005)

PG | 101 min | Drama, Fantasy

55 Metascore

In a fantasy world of opposing kingdoms, a fifteen-year-old girl must find the fabled MirrorMask in order to save the kingdom and get home.

Director: Dave McKean | Stars: Stephanie Leonidas, Jason Barry, Rob Brydon, Gina McKee

Votes: 23,023 | Gross: $0.86M

34. Tideland (2005)

R | 120 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

26 Metascore

Because of the actions of her irresponsible parents, a young girl is left alone on a decrepit country estate and survives inside her fantastic imagination.

Director: Terry Gilliam | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Tilly, Jodelle Ferland, Janet McTeer

Votes: 33,370 | Gross: $0.07M

Content warning: Contains disturbing scenes

Played Kyoto Minami-Kaikan's "Alice: A Mental Journey" film festival in 2015. Played EyeFilmMuseum's "Alice film programme: Through the Looking-Glass" in 2019.

Based on the Mitch Cullin novel of the same name.

35. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War

98 Metascore

In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Sergi López, Maribel Verdú

Votes: 661,755 | Gross: $37.63M

Played Kyoto Minami-Kaikan's "Alice: A Mental Journey" film festival in 2015

36. Little Fugitive (2006)

89 min | Drama

Set in present day Brooklyn, this film is a remake of the 1953 classic, "Little Fugitive." With his father in jail and his mother working long hours at a nursing home, Lenny, age 11, is ... See full summary »

Director: Joanna Lipper | Stars: David Castro, Nicolas Salgado, Raquel Castro, Dianne Mazzaro

Votes: 205

Remake of the 1943 film of the same name.

37. Alice in Not So Wonderland (2007)

3 min | Animation, Short

The story of Alice in Wonderland, explored in the stop-motion world of the Quay brothers.

Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay

Votes: 48

Has an Essay in the 2018 ACMI Exhibition book "Wonderland: Alice on Screen" written by James Hewison.

38. Coraline (2009)

PG | 100 min | Animation, Drama, Family

80 Metascore

An adventurous 11-year-old girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Jennifer Saunders

Votes: 223,482 | Gross: $75.29M

Based on the Neil Gaiman novella of the same name.

39. Over the Garden Wall (2014)

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Two brothers find themselves lost in a mysterious land and try to find their way home.

Stars: Elijah Wood, Collin Dean, Melanie Lynskey, Christopher Lloyd

Votes: 53,700

40. There Is No Such Thing as a Jellyfish (2014)

19 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Hannah walks through the city, observing people and objects, searching for something, looking at delicious pastries. She is on her way to an appointment with a tarot reader and inside and ... See full summary »

Director: Alena Lodkina | Stars: Teresa Barragan, David Myles Brown, Harlem Calleja, Etienne Iander

Played ACMI Melbourne's "Alice is Everywhere" film Festival in 2018

41. Girl Asleep (2015)

TV-MA | 77 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

67 Metascore

The world is closing in on Greta Driscoll. On the cusp of turning fifteen she can't bear to leave her childhood, it contains all the things that give her comfort in this incomprehensible new world.

Director: Rosemary Myers | Stars: Bethany Whitmore, Harrison Feldman, Amber McMahon, Matthew Whittet

Votes: 2,719 | Gross: $0.05M

Based on the Matthew Whittet play of the same name.

42. Siv sover vilse (2016)

79 min | Family, Fantasy, Mystery

Little Siv is supposed to sleep over at Cerisia's place, but the later it gets the stranger things start to appear in her new friend's odd home.

Directors: Catti Edfeldt, Lena Hanno | Stars: Astrid Lövgren, Lilly Brown, Henrik Gustafsson, Sofia Ledarp

Votes: 88

Based on the book by Pija Lindenbaum of the same name. Played festival circuits in the late 2010s, currently only available in Sweden

43. The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl (2017)

PG-13 | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

65 Metascore

In this comedy about one epic night in Kyoto, a college sophomore goes on a series of surreal encounters with the local nightlife, all the while unaware of the romantic longings of her classmate Senpai.

Director: Masaaki Yuasa | Stars: Gen Hoshino, Kana Hanazawa, Hiroshi Kamiya, Ryûji Akiyama

Votes: 5,143 | Gross: $0.41M

Based on the Tomihiko Morimi novel of the same name.

44. Guarda in alto (2017)

90 min | Adventure

During a break on a rooftop, Teco notices the intrig