Thursday, March 4, 2010

The first ever Alice in Wonderland film (1903)!

The first-ever film version of Lewis Carroll's tale has recently been restored by the BFI National Archive from severely damaged materials. Made just 37 years after Lewis Carroll wrote his novel and eight years after the birth of cinema, the adaptation was directed by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow, and was based on Sir John Tenniel's original illustrations. In an act that was to echo more than 100 years later, Hepworth cast his wife as the Red Queen, and he himself appears as the Frog Footman. Even the Cheshire cat is played by a family pet.

With a running time of just 12 minutes (8 of which survive), Alice in Wonderland was the longest film produced in England at that time. Film archivists have been able to restore the film's original colours for the first time in over 100 years.

Music: 'Jill in the Box', composed and performed by Wendy Hiscocks.


Jacqui said...

What a great little film. I'm loving all your Alice In Wonderland inspiration!

Natalie said...

Rachel, I saw this pillow on Urban Outfitters site today and I immediately thought of you! It has your name written all over it I think. I hope this link works!

Natalie said...

if you double click on the link it will work:) Hope you like it!

Unknown said...

This is SO cool! What a fantastic post!

Anonymous said...

your blog post made me go see Alice in Wonderland last night! It was so it. I'm going to do an Alice post today too! Nice to meet you over on Club Indie.

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