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Alice
     

Alice

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Director: Jan Svankmajer

Cast: Kristina Kohoutova

 

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Czech surrealist filmmaker Jan Svankmajer, who gained a reputation for his short subjects, makes his feature-film debut with Neco z Alenky, a grotesque look into the darkest, wildest recesses of a child's mind. A surreal adaptation of Lewis Carroll's children's classic Alice in Wonderland, the film stars Kristyna Kohoutová as Alice, the only human

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Czech surrealist filmmaker Jan Svankmajer, who gained a reputation for his short subjects, makes his feature-film debut with Neco z Alenky, a grotesque look into the darkest, wildest recesses of a child's mind. A surreal adaptation of Lewis Carroll's children's classic Alice in Wonderland, the film stars Kristyna Kohoutová as Alice, the only human character in the film. The other roles, which are voiced by Alice, are filled by an odd menagerie of animated clay, puppets, and meat. After falling asleep beside a stream, Alice follows a stuffed rabbit into a magical world where she encounters several grotesque-looking characters, including a caterpillar and The Mad Hatter. Also released under the title Alice, Neco Z Alenky was nominated for the International Fantasy Film Award at the 1989 Fantasporto Film Festival.

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Barnes & Noble - Pete Segall
"Dreamlike" is really the only way to describe the stop-motion movies of Czech animator Jan Svankmajer. Possessing a surrealism that could only be described as quintessentially Eastern European, Svankmajer's movies enjoy a purposefully disjointed structure filled with startling, bizarre imagery, leading one to believe that if Kafka had ever gotten around to animating, his movies would look a lot like this. Alice, his adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, is so true to the nightmarish undertones of Lewis Carroll's story that it can't be considered a kids' movie. Alice -- who for most of the movie is played by a real little girl -- follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland, only this time through a desk drawer. From there she descends into a maze of familiar episodes -- the tea party with the Mad Hatter and the March Hare and the trial by the King and Queen of Hearts, for instance -- that are born anew with the grace of Svankmajer's unique style. His features (Alice, Faust, and Conspirators of Pleasure) all share the same dazzlingly strange vision and have never caught on in America, though his influence can be seen in everything from Toy Story to The Nightmare Before Christmas.
All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Inspired by (but not a straight adaptation of) Lewis Carroll's classic Wonderland story, Alice is a dark, haunting, disturbing, and utterly brilliant film -- and one that is definitely not for children. The first full-length film by the irreplaceable Czeck animator/director Jan Svankmajer, Alice is filled with stunning visuals -- although, as with most of Svankmajer's work, these visuals do not always produce delight in the viewer; indeed, some of his images are revolting, but even those exert a strong fascination. Heavily steeped in surrealism -- from the film's self-narration to its dingily dazzling array of images -- Alice is as true an evocation of a dream as ever captured on film. As with many dreams, there's a heavy element of the sinister and the morbid running throughout, as the Mad Hatter comes across as genuinely insane, an innocent jar of jam reveals itself to contain nails, and Alice finds herself switching back and forth between her real self and a doll version of the same. Alice is not perfect; Svankmajer occasionally lingers too long on a sequence, and there are certainly many who will not buy into his vision. But on the whole, it is a unique and inspired cinematic experience.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2014
UPC:
0720229915878
Original Release:
1988
Source:
First Run Features
Presentation:
[Color]
Time:
1:24:00
Sales rank:
34,348

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