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Performer and film credits; Broadway theater previews; Title archive; Historical liner notes
Given the animated version and countless lesser versions on the market, this Alice in Wonderland puts theater legend Richard Burton together with, for the first and only time I am aware of, his daughter who plays the lead role. With a ''who's who'' of drama, this telling of the Lewis Classic starts with a troupe of actors backstage complaining that their new actress in their performance doesn't know her lines...cut to ''Alice'' in her dressing room hastily reciting ''The Jabberwok'' while smoking a ciagarette. What follows is the longest ''dream sequence'' on record and some great performances. Granted, the special effects arn't that special, as this was meant to be viewed in a play format, but it is quite charming and well worth adding to your collection if you are an Alice fan. The scene in which the White Knight (Richard Burton) talks to Alice is quite touching, as it is one of the last scenes Mr. Burton performed before passing away.
Quite the decent interpretation. Retains the wry darkness of the book and never crosses over into the unfortunate Disneyfication of most adaptations. I highly recommend Meryl Streep's ALICE @ THE PALACE, Jonathan Miller's ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND and a rare/hard to find HBO version from 1982 featuring the Children's Theatre of Minneapolis.