Listing for Thursday's Cine Salon:
A weekly display of hidden or neglected facets of the magic lantern. The finest wines and cheeses shall be served.
3 Springfield, Dundee.
Thursday 17th January, 9pm
ALICE IN WONDERLAND
(1966, dir. Jonathan Miller)
Broadcast in the centenary year of the publication of Lewis Carroll's novel, Jonathan Miller's television adaptation is both a completely logical translation of the book, and a radical departure from convention. Almost all other versions of Alice in Wonderland are aimed squarely at children, but Miller's intended audience was not only adults but those so familiar with the book that they would still be able to recognise what was going on even when his film was at its most elliptical. To emphasise this, it was screened after 9pm, well after most children's bedtime.
At last this CLASSIC BBC TV-film from 1966 is available to a wider audience. SUPERBLY Directed by Jonathan Miller, giving it a "Pre-'67 Psych" feel, when looking on it now, and with an armada of SUBLIME Brit actors, i.e. Sir John Gielgud, Leo McKern, Peter Sellers etc etc AND Peter Cook as the Mad Hatter is nothing short of BRILLIANT! + Anne-Marie Mallik is superb as Alice. Jonathan M. version captures the dreamlike feel of Lewis Carroll's fantasy, with his MAGIC WAND, which makes it a movie experience, extraordinare. Ravi Shankar's(!) specially composed music is highly original and fits perfectly!