Film Series : Making 'Em Move: A History of Animation

Alice

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1988, Jan Švankmajer, Czech Republic/Switzerland/UK, 85 min. With Kristyna Kohoutova.

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Show Times

  • Sun, Oct 8th 5:30pm
  • Tue, Oct 10th 6:00pm

“Strips 'Alice' to its proto-surrealist core…magical.” — Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper

Curiosity, terror, vengeance, and surrealism infuse this haunted adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic. Švankmajer 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. ProRes digital. (BS)

Tuesday, October 10: Lecture by film historian Donald Crafton, Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame.

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