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Alice through the projector lens

Mark charts the cinematic history of Lewis Carroll’s Alice, from the earliest days of the moving image to the present day…

With a new interpretation of the Lewis Carroll classic on DVD and Blu-ray, I thought it might be an interesting diversion to look at the history of Alice In Wonderland in cinema and TV. This is far from a definitive list of Alice-inspired productions, but here are some of those that fell down my rabbit hole...

Alice In Wonderland (1903)

The first film Alice, I think, it stood out if only for the impressively lavish costumes and sets which the director insisted remain faithful to the drawings of Sir John Tenniel, the original illustrator of Lewis Carroll‘s story. However, that blew all the budget, so the cast is mostly the crew, including 'Alice' Mabel Clark who was also the studio secretary. When this came out it was the
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Alice In Wonderland Through the Ages

We decided to start our little research of immortal young lady Alice in Wonderland, that still, after exactly 145 years, has a power to inspire directors all over the world.

You all guess that the main reason for this certainly is the latest, Tim Burton’s new incarnation of this story.

But let’s start from a beginning. We were all young, we all liked fairy-tales (well, some of us still do), and enjoyed so many characters, we all had our special heroes. Then, what’s so magical about this story, when it still manages to stay on the top of the list?

Ok, we all know the facts, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is written by the English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who used a pseudonym Lewis Carroll. The story tells what happens to a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit-hole into a fantasy world which is populated
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Cinema's first Alice in Wonderland | Peter Robins

Tim Burton's 3D spectacle is only the latest in a long line of films inspired by Lewis Carroll's creation. The BFI has unveiled the very first one

Even in 1903, it seems, Alice in Wonderland was an irresistible invitation to creators of movie special effects. The BFI has put on YouTube what it reports to be the first-ever movie adaptation of Lewis Carroll's story – a wildly episodic 10-minute silent (originally 12 minutes; I suppose that might have helped) in which one spectacular scene after another is introduced with authentically Victorian-looking titling.

The BFI holds the only known copy – found, it says, in the possession of a cinema manager in Hove, and badly water-damaged. Despite being carefully restored, it reaches us through a blizzard of damaged emulsion. But there is plenty to enjoy. Even the scratchiness – along with the delicately shifting tints brought back by the restoration – mean that it
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