BBC’s Alice in Wonderland (1966)

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If you have seen either Disney version of Alice in Wonderland, and thought the were too “friendly” or too energetic, this 1966 version of Alice in Wonderland is for you. The film which was made by British theater director, Jonathan Miller, is a stark take on the classic story. Influenced by surrealism and Victorian architecture, this version of Wonderland is less magical and more creepy. Add to this a great cast that includes: Alice (Anne-Marie Mallik), the Mad Hatter (Peter Cook), the Caterpillar (Sir Michael Redgrave), the Duchess (Leo McKern), the King of Hearts (Peter Sellers) and the Mock Turtle (Sir John Gielgud) and you have for movie that is difficult to turn away from. Both unsettling and captivating at the same time, it may change the way you think about the “Alice” story.

Don’t take my word for it? Check out some footage:

With Tim Burton’s vision of Wonderland topping the box office, this a great time to revisit an underplayed classic. One that stands in stark contrast to Burton’s and Disney’s vision.

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