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Alice in Wonderland

UK 1903
produced by
Cecil M. Hepworth, Herman Casler (executive), Elias Koopman (executive), Harry Marvin (executive)
directed by Cecil M. Hepworth, Percy Stow
starring May Clark, Mrs. Hepworth, Norman Whitten, Cecil M. Hepworth, Geoffrey Faithfull, Stanley Faithfull
screenplay by Cecil M.Hepworth, based on the novel by Lewis Carroll

short, silent
Alice in Wonderland

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Dozing off in her garden, Alice (May Clark) is awakened by a white rabbit (Mrs.Hepworth) the curious girl decides to follow no matter what - and ultimately she even has to take a pill to shrink her down in size to pass through a door to a weird wonderland. When in the rabbit's house though, she grows back to her original size and hardly manages to get out anymore. Later she attends the tea party of the Mad Hatter (Norman Whitten) before meeting the Queen (Mrs Hepworth again) and accidently insulting her. Alice is to be executed but pokes her executioner and makes a hasty escape ... only to eventually wake up in her garden - was it all just a dream?

 

Apart from its historical importance of being the first adaptation of Lewis Carroll's novel, Alice in Wonderland has remarkably little to offer - and I'm not judging a more than 100 year old film by today's standards here, but in its 8 minutes this little movie doesn't even capture the gist of Carroll's book, and the technical limitations of early cinema just don't serve the abundant imagination of its source to well. Add to that a very stagey directorial effort and a failure to bring its (rather isolated) sequences to life in a narrative sense, and there's in fact not much left to make this movie recommendable - but then again, one mustn't forget the film was made in 1903 and cinema as a medium as such was still in its infancy.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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