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Alice in Wonderland film from 1903

The British Film Institute has posted on YouTube a wonderful film adaptation of Alice in Wonderland from 1903.

The first-ever film version of Lewis Carroll’s tale has recently been restored by the BFI National Archive from severely damaged materials. Made just 37 years after Lewis Carroll wrote his novel and eight years after the birth of cinema, the adaptation was directed by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow, and was based on Sir John Tenniel’s original illustrations. In an act that was to echo more than 100 years later, Hepworth cast his wife as the Red Queen, and he himself appears as the Frog Footman. Even the Cheshire cat is played by a family pet.

With a running time of just 12 minutes (8 of which survive), Alice in Wonderland was the longest film produced in England at that time. Film archivists have been able to restore the film’s original colours for the first time in over 100 years.

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3 thoughts on “Alice in Wonderland film from 1903

  1. That was wonderful to watch! I love Alice in Wonderland & have a few copies on DVD. One is a B&W copy of a 1915 version w/ Viola Savoy as Alice. Thanks for posting it.

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