Archive Cinema City 2010.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Genre: Adventure
Country: USA
Year: 2010
Duration: 108 min

Director: Tim Burton
Scenario: Linda Woolverton

Cast: Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover

Programme selection: The Cool Kids


Life of a nineteen-year-old Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) will soon take an unexpected turn. Proposed by Hamish, respectable but boring son of Lord and Lady Ascot, during the Victorian party organised in her honour, Alice sees a rabbit dressed in a white waistcoat and with a pocket watch and runs after him, offering no explanation.

Following the White Rabbit (voiced by Michael Sheen) across the field, Alice sees him disappear into a rabbit hole and she suddenly falls in it too. She falls through the weird passage, like from some dream, before she finds herself in a round hall with many doors. After struggling with a small bottle which had DRINK ME written on it, which content makes her smaller, and a cake which had EAT ME written on it, which makes her bigger, Alice manages to find a way to go through a door and enter a miraculous world know to its inhabitants as the Underland.

Burton, who was often interested in the concept of double world in his works and has always favoured the outsider, couldn’t miss the chance to present his own notion of the all time classic Alice in Wonderland.

‘It is a part of our culture in a great measure‘, says Burton about Carroll’s story, ‘so that it inspired the making of many theatre plays, TV and film adaptations, among which is Disney’s animated film from 1951. However, I didn’t like any of the film versions so far. Each one was about a passive girl who wonders around and has many adventures with strange characters. There isn’t a bit of seriousness in those films. That is exactly what I have tried to accomplish with this version, to put together the ideas from those stories into something that wasn’t exactly in the book but still captures its spirit‘


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