“It’s a film about children,” said Jonathan Miller of his un-Disneyfied version of Lewis Carroll’s classic, made for BBC TV, “not explicitly for them.”
Behind the talkative animals and playing-card royalty he saw a picture of bourgeois Victorian society, pompous, stuffy and irascible, as it might appear to a smart kid. The Caucus Race offers a parody of high-church religion; the Queen of Hearts becomes a deranged version of Queen Victoria.
Great cast, including Michael Redgrave’s irritable Caterpillar, John Gielgud’s sweetly melancholic Mock Turtle, Peter Sellers’ goonish King of Hearts and Peter Cook hamming it up as the Mad Hatter.
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