Friday, June 08, 2012

Alice in Wonderland

If you asked Tim Burton to make a film of Alice in Wonderland it would turn out like - - well - - Tim Burton's film of Alice in Wonderland, which I saw yesterday evening.

It had a lot of Tim Burton trademarks, such as Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter and a generally creepy, dark, dreamlike feel to it with lots of spiky tree branches.

Of course, this style is actually very suited to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.  I read it many times as a child (and a few times as an adult.) This film version isn't exactly true to the novel - it's a kind of sequel - but it's very much true to its spirit - I always found the novel creepily fascinating.

The first film version of it which I saw was Jonathan Miller's 1966 television adaptation for The Wednesday Play.  I'm quite amazed that I was allowed to stay up to watch it!  It's atmospheric and slow-paced and there was a lot of criticism at the time as the animals of the novel were replaced by human beings - - and yet I think it highlighted Lewis Carroll's satire on Victorian society as well as bringing out the dreamlike quality..

Here's a scene or two:

It's always appealed to film-makers:  here's a snippet from a 1915 version:

Going back even further, here's a 1903 version, made when the ink was only just dry on the original novel!

Of course, there was the famous 1951 Disney film, which I never liked very much:  but I do like this strange version by Pogo, which is bits of the film mashed up and put together:

There's something in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" which has wide, timeless appeal, I think: that dreamlike quality.  I think that most of my dreams are directed by Tim Burton.


Blogger Silverback said...

So instead of slaving away in the office you've been 'tubeing'

Ha ! Busted.

7:47 pm  
Blogger Yorkshire Pudding said...

Fascinating clips - especially the two old ones. The first "proper" book I ever had was "Alice in Wonderland" - circa 1959. It's somewhere in this house if only I could put my hands upon it!

4:31 pm  

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