A film by Jan Svankmajer
84 minutes, animation, color, English, 1989
When Alice follows the White Rabbit into Wonderland, so begins this dream expedition into the astonishing landscape of childhood, through many dangerous adventures, and ultimately to Alice's trial before the King and Queen of Hearts.
Czech animator Jan Svankmajer has created a masterpiece of cinema, a strikingly
original interpretation of Lewis Carroll's classic tale. Svankmajer's Alice
remains true to the absurdity of Carroll's original, but bears the stamp of
his own distinctive style and obsessions. Combining techniques of animation
and live action, he gives a new and fascinating dimension to the classic tale
of childhood fantasies.
"Svankmajer's film explores Alice in Wonderland's dark undercurrents: it unearths the fears that animate dreams and nightmares." -New York Times
"An extraordinary piece of work: brilliantly inventive… a piercing , original vision."
"Disney + Bunuel = Svankmajer's Alice." -Milos Forman
"A surrealist dream universe as created by one of the few true masters of contemporary animation. " -Film Comment
The Cinema of Jan Svankmajer: Dark Alchemy ed. Peter Hames
● Bonus Short Film: Jan Svankmajer's Darkness Light Darkness