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March 5, 2010

With the newest Alice story coming out today, the BFI National Archive has released the first film version of “Alice in Wonderland.” The film is now available online.

The film was made in 1903, 37 years after Lewis Carroll wrote the novel and only 8 years into the world of cinema.

The adaptation was directed by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow, and was based on Sir John Tenniel’s original illustrations. The archive was able to restore 8 of the 12 minutes of the film.

Notice the special effects two minutes into the film as Alice shrinks on screen. made in 1903, the film was mostly cast from friends and family (and the family cat) and captures the spirit of the novel. Most of the film takes a surreal feel and clearly some parts of the film have heavier damage than others, but nice to see that not all was lost!

Watch the movie here:

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 13, 2010 1:11 am

    I had no 9dea they could do such "effects" in 1903 ! Too cool ! I hate to say it, but I like the above version better than yhe one thst just came out in theaters. LOL !!! :-);

  2. March 8, 2010 6:01 pm

    I had no idea they could do such “effects” in 1903 ! Too cool ! I hate to say it, but I like the above version better than the one that just came out in theaters. LOL !!! 🙂

    • March 8, 2010 6:30 pm

      Yeah it is pretty great!

      • March 8, 2010 6:39 pm

        I just read an article about the oldest living person in America. Her name is Neva Morris, born in 1895. She was eight years old when this movie came out. Wonder if she saw it ? Heck… I wonder if she was actually IN it. LOL !!!

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