Starring: John Gielgud, Peter Cook, Alan Bennett, Leo McKern, Peter Sellers, Michael Redgrave
Directed by: Jonathan Miller
Lewis Carroll's classic children's story has long proved fertile ground for Freudian analysis, Surrealists, social historians, literary critics and filmmakers. The numerous film adaptations range from a Disney production to a brilliantly quirkly and disturbing version from Czech animator Jan Svankmajer. Jonathan Miller's version (scored by Ravi Shankar), made for BBC1 in 1966, is truly original, slyly subversive, and perfectly captures the haunting, dreamlike, subtly menacing atmosphere of Carroll's fantasy. The stellar cast includes members of the acting aristocracy as well as iconic figures of the period.
The great Johnathan Miller succeeds again. The story is interpreted so unique and original. just hints of make up, no animal costumes to be seen. Gielgud as the mock turtle is as good as any of his Shakespearean or stage performances, as is Redgrave's haughty Caterpiller. strong support by an A list cast of theatre pros. The interpretation is too sophisticated for most children. this is an intellectual's alice in wonderland.
Alan Bennett .... Mouse
Peter Cook .... Mad Hatter
John Gielgud .... Mock Turtle
Anne-Marie Mallik .... Alice
Leo McKern .... Duchess
Malcolm Muggeridge .... Gryphon
Michael Redgrave .... Caterpillar
Peter Sellers .... King of Hearts
Duration: 72 mins
Color: Black and White