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A film by Jan Svankmajer

84 minutes, animation, color, English, 1989

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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."
-Terrence Rafferty, The New Yorker

"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

Recommended Reading

The Cinema of Jan Svankmajer: Dark Alchemy ed. Peter Hames

Disc Features

●  Bonus Short Film: Jan Svankmajer's Darkness Light Darkness

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