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Alice (1988)

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Carroll’s Alice through the anti-logic of a child’s imagination

A stuffed rabbit ‘bleeds’ sawdust. A baguette sprouts nails and mutates into a hedgehog... Czech surrealist Jan Švankmajer filters lewis Carroll’s nonsense narrative through the anti-logic of a child’s imagination. His alice’s (Kristýna Kohoutová) adventures skim all the familiar riffs, but Švankmajer’s stream of consciousness flows against a live-action/ stop-motion dreamscape alive with the undead, amplified by startling sound design. it’s less animation, more reanimation. The hi-def version scrubs up two decades of visual fuzz, but the extras are padding.

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