Jan Svankmajer's "Alice" (archival Czech 35mm print!)

The most gloriously macabre “Alice” adaptation ever filmed, Jan Svankmajer’s 1988 live-action/animation masterpiece of fur, bones, clicks, creaks and squeaks captivates from the very first frame, as it immediately envelops you in its Iron-Curtain-fantasy-by-way-of-Eraserhead spell. In Svankmajer’s world, the character of Alice is almost incidental to the truly incredible (and at times, genuinely shocking) menagerie of makeshift critters that populate this sawdust-and-grime Wonderland. As Alice is pelted, chased and simply baffled by the increasing madness, the film’s intense, completely enveloping sound design — which highly accentuates every rickety footstep, drop of liquid, turning gear and rustled leaf — becomes a delirious and visceral symphony to which the sound of all future dreamscapes should be measured. Definitely best seen and heard on the big screen, Svankmajer’s tour de force of weirdness remains unparalleled, even in the infinite gallery of Alice permutations.
Dir. Jan Svankmajer, 1988, 35mm, 84 min.

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