Alice (1988)

Director
Jan Švankmajer

Main cast
Kristýna Kohoutová

Genres
Adventure, Fantasy, Animation, Comedy, Horror

Description
A memorably bizarre screen version of Lewis Carroll's novel 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'. The original story is followed reasonably faithfully, though those familiar with this director's other films won't be the least bit surprised by the numerous digressions into Svankmajer territory, living slabs of meat and all. As the opening narration says, it's a film made for children... perhaps?


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