About Underground Alice

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Since the early years of cinema, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been adapted many times over. This screening features three “underground” adaptations, each of which in its own way eschews conventional logic and narrative order—much in the spirit of the original novel. Curious Alice (1968), produced by the National Institute of Mental Health, uses a psychedelic blend of live action and animation to ostensibly counsel children on the perils of drug use. Malice in Wonderland (1982) is animator Vince Collins’ reimagining of the story as a Freudian nightmare. Finally, Bill Osco’s Alice in Wonderland: An X-Rated Musical Fantasy (1976) is a hardcore cult classic of the porno chic era that takes itself equally seriously as a musical comedy. Viewed together, all three make for an evening that—as Alice herself would say—just gets “curiouser and curiouser.” Contains graphic nudity and sexual situations. (Digital presentation)

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