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also known as Neco z Alenky

Alice1988

  • 4.2
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.

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"...does Carroll better than Carroll did Carroll, swapping the smarmy wordplay and faux innocence for the claustrophobia and stress you taste in a real dream." - Michael Atkinson, Keyframe


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Only Svankmajer can deliver us into this raw and tactile realm. A visually lyrical flirtation with that which we might call childhood, through the eyes of a whimsical farcity. Giving even our tongues goosebumps- enchantment is obtained.You will find me guilty of watching this film at least once or twice a month..... for the rest of my life. ALL hail Svankmajer and Svankmajerova.

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Only Svankmajer can deliver us into this raw and tactile realm. A visually lyrical flirtation with that which we might call childhood, through the eyes of a whimsical farcity. Giving even our tongues goosebumps- enchantment is obtained.You will find me guilty of watching this film at least once or twice a month..... for the rest of my life. ALL hail Svankmajer and Svankmajerova.

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Cult classic creepy live-action/animation hybrid. Would love to see the Czech-language version with English subtitles eventually.

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i've seen the czech-language version and i wish fandor had it

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In it's own unique way, this might be the definitive cinematic adaptation of Lewis Carroll. Jan Svankmajer's film might be missing the wit and satire -- but the use of symbolism and jaw-dropping innovation create an experience that feels like a sort of cinematic spell.

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4 ½ The disturbing, sometimes grotesque, taxidermy stop-action animation of pelts and bones makes this a very dark Alice that borders on horror. Add the menacing sets of jars of marmalade spiked with thumbtacks, tins of cockroaches and wood boring socks, and this is definitely not a children’s story. Only loosely based on the book (there’s no Cheshire Cat, for example), but Kohoutova is a faithful Alice – smart, fearless and kind-hearted. Best when it’s off on wildly imaginative tangents; other parts get repetitive, for example the tea party went on forever. The sexual undercurrent is especially disturbing (and annoying) with the many, many close-ups of Alice’s lips as she narrates parts of the story. A visually impressive interpretation of Alice in Wonderland.

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Pretentious to the level of obnoxious.

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Wonderful film. Subtle humor and brilliant animation

Trippy as hell! The stop-motion animation alone is enough to make this film one of my all time favorites.

One of the oddest journeys down the rabbit-hole, also into the uncanny valley. An absurd alice!