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Watch a 1915 Movie Adaptation of Alice in Wonderland Enhanced in 4K, with Costumes Based mostly on Briginal Illustrations by Sir John Tenniel

Alice’s Adven­tures in Gained­der­land pre­dates the inven­tion of cin­e­ma by a cou­ple of a long time. Nev­er­the­much less, very like the “Drink me” bot­tle and “Eat me” pre­despatched­ed to its younger professional­tag­o­nist, Lewis Automotive­rol­l’s fan­tas­ti­cal story has referred to as out the identical mes­sage to gen­er­a­tions of movie­mak­ers world wide: “Adapt me.” This cen­tu­ry, although not even a quar­ter of the way in which over, has already introduced us full-length Alice films (to say noth­ing of tele­vi­sion professional­duc­tions) from Europe, South Amer­i­ca, and naturally the Unit­ed States. These final embody sep­a­fee adap­ta­tions of Alice’s Adven­tures in Gained­der­land and its sequel Alice Via the Look­ing Glass by no much less an auteur than Tim Bur­ton.

Each of these books had been additionally tak­en on by a writer-direc­tor named W. W. Younger greater than a cen­tu­ry in the past, although he sim­ply com­bined por­tions of each nov­els right into a sin­gle fea­ture. You may watch this silent Alice in Gained­der­land from 1915 above, in a ver­sion its uploader calls “by far the excessive­est qual­i­ty ver­sion of this movie on the inter­internet,” assem­bled “pri­mar­i­ly from two prints scanned by the Library of Con­gress, together with a number of oth­er sources.

Enhanced with “scene-by-scene picture sta­bi­liza­tion,” it additionally excis­es “many title playing cards which weren’t a part of the orig­i­nal movie” added to sub­se­quent ver­sions, “and which slowed down the movie con­sid­er­ably.”

Run­ning just below an hour, this recon­struc­tion contains scenes with such broad­ly recognized char­ac­ters because the Cater­pil­lar, the Cheshire Cat, the Mock Tur­tle and the Queen of Hearts. Younger’s footage of such fig­ures as Twee­dledee and Twee­dle­dum and Hump­ty Dump­ty has, alas, been misplaced to time. Nonetheless, unusu­al­ly for a movie adap­ta­tion, this ver­sion contains a lot of Automotive­rol­l’s par­o­d­ic poem “You Are Outdated, Father William” — extra, even, than made it into Dis­ney’s beloved ani­mat­ed fea­ture of 1951. With its stiff cos­tumes (primarily based on the orig­i­nal illus­tra­tions by Sir John Ten­niel) and Lengthy Island again­drops, Alice in Gained­der­land could not boast fairly the identical professional­duc­tion val­ue, however watch­ing it now, lengthy after the silent period, one can’t assist however really feel trans­port­ed to anoth­er actual­i­ty alto­geth­er.

Relat­ed con­tent:

The First-Ever Movie Ver­sion of Lewis Carroll’s Story Alice in Gained­der­land (1903)

The Orig­i­nal Alice’s Adven­tures in Gained­der­land Man­u­script, Hand­writ­ten & Illus­trat­ed By Lewis Automotive­roll (1864)

Alice’s Adven­tures in Gained­der­land Learn by Sir John Giel­gud

When Aldous Hux­ley Wrote a Script for Disney’s Alice in Gained­der­land

Alice’s Adven­tures in Gained­der­land, Illus­trat­ed by Sal­vador Dalí in 1969, Remaining­ly Will get Reis­sued

Curi­ous Alice — The 1971 Anti-Drug Film Based mostly on Alice in Gained­der­land That Made Medication Look Like Enjoyable

Based mostly in Seoul, Col­in Marshall writes and broad­casts on cities, lan­guage, and cul­ture. His tasks embody the Sub­stack newslet­ter Books on Cities, the e-book The State­much less Metropolis: a Stroll by way of Twenty first-Cen­tu­ry Los Ange­les and the video sequence The Metropolis in Cin­e­ma. Fol­low him on Twit­ter at @colinmarshall or on Face­e-book.

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