Sunday, March 7, 2010

Alice in Wonderland, 1903 film version

The British Film Institute recently restored the first film version of Alice in Wonderland, made in 1903. From the BFI news post:
Made just 37 years after Lewis Carroll wrote his novel and eight years after the birth of cinema, the first film adaptation was directed by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow, and was based on Sir John Tenniel's original illustrations. With a running time of just 12 minutes (eight of which survive), this 1903 film was the longest produced in England at that time and it represented a major investment for the pioneering Hepworth Studios that produced it. Some might venture to say it was the Avatar of its day.
My favorite part is the "Cheshire Cat," which was basically a superimposition of a real cat that was all "whatever" to Alice's waving handkerchief. Just as I would expect it to be.

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