12 maart 2010


i promised some people to make an 'alice in wonderland' post. so here you are.

i've always been extremely fascinated by the story of lewis carroll. i've read the book several times, and i am trying to collect as many film adaptations as i can get. i have written my bachelor- and masterpaper about the film adaptations, but i keep on searching for more.

this is the first adaptation ever made. it was made in 1903, and at this time it was the longest film ever made. there are no actors, but only friends of the director and crew members.

this version is made in 1949, it is completely unknown because the film was boycotted by the disney company, who were also making their adaptation at the time. besides alice herself there are no actors, but only animated puppets. they are really frightening, that's why i love this version so much. sweet and scaring at the same time.

the 1966 adaptation directed by jonathan miller is one of my favourites. the story is very abstract an surreal. alice is played by anne-marie mallik, and i love her -rather bored- interpretation of the alice-figure.
miller said once: “It’s a film about children, not explicitly for them”. the most accurate 'alice in wonderland' quote i've ever heard.

and then, of course, my favourite version by jan svankmajer. the most frightening, but also the most interesting.

“alice thought to herself, now you will see a film. for children…perhaps. perhaps, but i forgot. now you must close your eyes, otherwise you won’t see anything.”

(i did not see the recent tim burton version. but i don't know if i want to. i don't really like most of the tim burton films. and i'm getting sick of al this sudden alice-media-hype-things)

14 opmerkingen:

  1. wow! Thanks for those links, apart from svankmajers Alice, i had no idea the others even existed.

  2. oh I've seen the first one before and I loved itall the way.
    don't go see the tim burton's: it's extremely disappointing and mainstream. I really didn't like it :(

  3. Actually there a lot more:


  4. caitlin, there are indeed a lot more movies. i've made a list of all the films about alice in wonderland, and there are over 70 titles!

    and polly, i'm glad that i'm not the only one who doesn't like tim burton movies.

  5. I recall a hand drawn Russian cartoon about 'Alice in Wonderland.
    I loved when I was a child:

    p.s unofrtunately can not find the english translation, but I'm doing my best ;)

  6. I've never been that fond of Burton-movies either. And I didn't like his "Charlie and the chocolate factory", I still prefer the Gene Wilder version by far.

  7. oh it s brilliant someone bothered to blog these alices. i always have 1903 n 1966 on my facebook or tumblr. tim burton's alice crushed my heart.

  8. oh nee Martha, niet naar tim burton's versie gaan kijken!!!!

  9. super! een beetje laat, maar eindelijk je blogpost gelezen en gekeken. Vind het konijn in de tweede heel erg leuk! Ik ben wel benieuwd naar de burton film, maar ik denk ook wel dat het het verhaal niet helemaal eer aan zal doen.

  10. Here is a link to the soundtrack of the 1966 version

    Love the drawings by the way

  11. thank you!
    (i never heard the sondtrack until now. i like the fact that it is ripped straight from the dvd)

  12. ik ben grote fan van Svankmajer, geweldig dat je deze erbij hebt gezet, want hij wordt vaak vergeten. maar ik vind het de meest interessante versie van alle alice's omwille van de horror. ik zag deze als kind en dat vergeet je niet :)

    de nieuwe Burton versie is heel teleurstellend. de hype errond is al vervelend, maar vooral de overload aan lelijke computereffecten zijn een dooddoener. er zitten heel leuke en originele elementen in waar je fantastische dingen mee zou kunnen doen moest het geheel meer kloppen en artisanaler gemaakt zijn, met decors en old school special effects zoals poppen en animatronics. maarja...hollywood