Providence Public Library Presents Free ALICE IN WONDERLAND Film Series, Beginning March 20

In celebration of its upcoming WONDERLAND: Through the Looking Glass Gala on April 11, Providence Public Library (150 Empire Street, Providence invites the public to take in a free Alice in Wonderland Film Series, sponsored by Dimeo Construction Company. The films will be shown on consecutive Thursdays from 6 – 8 pm in the Library’s Auditorium (3rd Floor) -- March 20, March 27 and April 3. Complete details on the films and the Library’s Wonderland Gala can be found at

MARCH 20 -- Alice (Neco z Alenky) (1988)

A 1988 fantasy film written and directed by Jan Švankmajer. Its original Czech title is Něco z Alenky, which means “Something from Alice.” It is a free adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s first Alice book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1965) about a girl who follows a white rabbit into a bizarre fantasy land. Alice is played by Kristýna Kohoutová. The film combines live action with stop motion animation, and is distinguished by its dark and uncompromising production design.  A prolific director of short films, this was Švankmajer’s first venture into feature-length filmmaking. He had been disappointed by other adaptations of Carroll’s book, which interpret it as a fairy tale. His aim was instead to make the story play out like an amoral dream. The film won the feature film award at the 1989 Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

MARCH 27 -- Alice in Wonderland (1983)

A 1982 Broadway stage performance of Alice in Wonderland was telecast on PBS’s Great Performances in 1983. Directed by Kirk Browning, it was produced by New York PBS affiliate WNET. Black-and-white papier-mâché costumes aimed to re-create the book’s original artwork by John Tenniel. The production was not recorded on film, but on videotape. It starred Kate Burton as Alice, and her father, Richard Burton as the White Knight. Other notable roles included Nathan Lane as the Dormouse, Geoffrey Holder as the Cheshire Cat and Eve Arden as the Queen of Hearts. The production was a revival of actress-director Eva LaGalienne and Florida Friebus’ famous 1932 stage adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s novel. It had been presented on Broadway in 1982 with Burton in the lead, but with a different cast. The videotaping was not made in a theatre with a live audience, but in a television studio, much like the 1960 version of Peter Pan years before.

APRIL 3 -- Alice in Wonderland (2010)

An American live action computer-animated fantasy film directed by Tim Burton and written by Linda Woolverton. Released by Walt Disney Pictures, the film stars Mia Wasikowska as Alice Kingsleigh with Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Helena   Bonham Carter. Shot in the United Kingdom and the United States, the story is inspired by the English author Lewis Carroll’s 1865 fantasy novel Alice in Wonderland and its 1871 sequel Through the Looking Glass. Wasikowska plays a 19-year-old Alice trying to restore the White Queen to her throne.

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