Senior HTF Member
- May 22, 1999
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Finally! I've been hoping for this one for quite awhile. A remarkable film.
I totally agree! The DVD is kind of on the negative side of so-so, and knowing Kino's usual quality, I look forward to this release. As Thomas said, it is a remarkable film, and I wonder how many members here have seen it. It tells the story of an aged Alice, who when young was the subject of Rev. Charles Dodgson's series of books about Alice's fantasy adventures in Wonderland, written under his pen name, Lewis Carroll.
The old woman has been cajoled into attending an event in her honor, in which she will receive an honorary degree from Columbia University. She agrees only reluctantly because some of the memories of her youth and the obsessive/possessive Dodgson were are less than comforting. These memories lead to three fantasy segments featuring the ten-year-old Alice exploring the nightmarish world of Wonderland as the author had written them. The creatures are the creations of Jim Henson and Co., with similarities to some of the ones populating THE DARK CRYSTAL.
This is an absorbing sort-of biographical look at a slice-of-life of the woman who had once inspired the writing that fascinates children even to this day.
Wonderful production values, and fine acting by Ian Holm and all else involved.
Can't wait to see this looking really good, as it disappeared from theaters in 1985 so fast that few even knew it existed. It barely turned up on t.v. The VHS edition was unwatchable, and the subsequent DVD only passable.
Thanks, Kino! Again.