Event pick: The Parkway screens ‘Alice,’ a dark, stop motion puppetry-filled adaptation of Carroll’s classic tale

0
Share the News


Still from “Alice,” via IMDB

Disney’s 1951 classic “Alice in Wonderland” was plenty strange on its own, presenting a twisted, but vibrant and somewhat sweet take on Lewis Carroll’s tale of the little girl who falls down the rabbit hole.

“Alice,” the film that Dutch animator Jan Svankmajer created decades later, was much darker. The film pairs a real child with handmade puppets and other objects scooting around in gloomier quarters, in contrast to the lively environs you’ve seen in other adaptations. Svankmajer also highlights the less rosy aspects of the story, such as the arbitrary and violent nature of the imaginary world’s high court at the end.

Svankmajer said in a 2011 interview that other adaptations have presented a fairy tale of Carroll’s classic, whereas “my Alice is a realised dream.”

Follow Alice down a different rabbit hole tonight at The Parkway, which is screening the film in its ongoing series with Sweaty Eyeballs Animation.

7 p.m., The Parkway Theatre, 5 W. North Ave., (443) 438-6144, mdfilmfest.com, $10.

Ethan McLeod
Follow Ethan

Ethan McLeod

Senior Editor at Baltimore Fishbowl
Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
Ethan McLeod
Follow Ethan


Share the News