Magical and enchanting screen version of Alice’s dizzying adventures in the rabbit hole.
Release Date: 22 April 1973 (UK)
Director: William Sterling
Writer: Lewis Carroll (novel), William Sterling
Cast: Fiona Fullerton, Michael Jayston, Hywel Bennett
For years people have fallen continually fallen in love with the story of Alice in Wonderland. The timeless Lewis Carroll story of Alice in Wonderland has been told in several different variations and under many different titles. However, throughout all of these different adaptations, the story remains intact and a powerful use of imagination and metaphorical allusions. The 1972 version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a brilliant work that has the help of a visionary director, powerful stage presence of the actors, and beautiful story of Alice working her way through the world of the strange, the whimsical, and the weird.
Director William Sterling set out to capture the tale of Alice through the lens of character, music, and story. It works beautifully as many people find this adaptation of the Carroll novel on of their favorites. The use of John Barry to lead the musical score, and the voice talents of many British actors such as Michael Crawford, Fiona Fullerton, and Michael Jayston is also a very powerful reason to like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. You can see, as the story progresses, that Sterling uses a blend of fast cuts with slower scenes to deliver a well rounded approach to the story.
The use of Fiona Fullerton as Alice is of particular note as she is not widely known for a powerful singing voice. That aside, her voice is quite good in the many different vocal performances she had in the movie. Adding to the great vocal is the fact that Fullerton does make a great Alice. Her almost childish way of portraying Alice at the beginning, and then progressing towards a more mature, forward thinking shows tremendous poise as an actress. Michael Crawford, who has been in many productions, follows Fullerton’s lead with a powerful presence as the White Rabbit.
Giving the timeless story of Alice a little bit different type of tone, the mainly British actors give the production a much better feel for what Carroll had envisioned in his original classic. Being filmed at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, UK also led to an authentic look and feel. While many are still enthralled with the Disney adaptation, this live action version is something that is a must watch for anyone who loves Classical movies, Lewis Carroll novels, or just a beautiful tale being told in film.
The look and the feel of the movie, which is attributed to the impressive sets, costumes, music, and array of characters, is just one reason why so many love this version. You will also find that the story, while very basic in nature, sticks with the overall Carroll novel without too much in the way of ‘artistic liberty’. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has won the Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design BAFTA Awards in 1973 because of the attention given by the director and cast. Families will treasure Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as they gather together around the TV set for a weekly family night, a rainy afternoon, or just a time of being together with a beautifully rendered classic.