Gavin Millar directs Coral Browne, Ian Holm and Peter Gallagher in this British drama film where Alice Liddell, an elderly lady who was once the inspiration for Alice In Wonderland, travels to the USA to make a public appearance.
Peculiar little film based on a Dennis Potter screenplay. Three strands – an ageing Alice in the 1930s, landing in New York, her mind going, the press hounding her and her young companion falling for a journalist looking to exploit the situation. Strand two – flashbacks to Lewis Carroll creating the classic story and trying to suppress his clear infatuation with a precocious child. Strand 3 – A grotesque recreation of major scenes from the book using Jim Henson created puppets. Does it all work? Rarely. But it is a controversial and brave attempt to reconcile the distasteful origins of a long beloved tale.
Perfect Double Bill: Finding Neverland (2004)
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