- (NECO Z ALENKY)
- 1988, Jan Svankmajer, Czech Republic/Switzerland/UK, 85 min.
- With Kristyna Kohoutova
“Strips Alice to its proto-surrealist core…magical.”
—Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper
“Has an irresistible potency and allure.”
—Hal Hinson, Washington Post
Curiosity, terror, vengeance, and surrealism infuse this haunted adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic. Svankmajer strips away the cuteness that has marked other adaptations, to create a twisted fantasy of obsession, a delicious, convoluted, goose-bump-raising nightmare. A shabby animal pelt comes to eerie life as the cunning, bright-eyed White Rabbit, portrayed as an adversary and mastermind rather than a mere guide. Alice is not a victim but a pragmatic little adventurer who can gamely come to terms with an aggressive rat in a blue velvet suit or kick the stuffing out of an offending toy. In Czech with English subtitles. 35mm. (BS)