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Directed by Jan Svankmajer

Czechoslovakia 1988 86 mins.

Lewis Carroll’s “Alice” books have inspired generations of other writers and artists, but Švankmajer’s mix of live action and stop-motion animation returns to the elements of the books that originally made them so revered. While the more family-friendly adaptations treat the Alice stories as a fairy tale with moral lessons and good triumphing over evil, Švankmajer considers the books the expression of a dream in which repressed urges win out over rational thought. Švankmajer’s Alice is both the protagonist and the narrator, in line with his stated belief that his own childhood thoughts are the source of his creativity.