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I'm not sure what category of people I would reccomend this movie to -- the story is like nothing I've ever seen before. Half of the time it's a very dark and introspective piece, which refuses to outright *give* us the straight answers we are used to be handed during a 90 minute movie. Other times it's a funny and rather poignant tale about three unlikely friends -- two of whom happen to be in love with each other. This movie tackles a LOT for an hour and a half, and doesn't do everything it attempts well. But even when it fails, it's thrilling. The actors are also amazing. I can't give enough kudos to the performers who worked on this piece. As someone who works in theater, I have a harder-than-usual time loosing myself to the illusion, but I was *sold* on all of these characters, even if I recognized the actor from another movie.
Alice Liddel, the original little girl that so inspired Lewis Carrol, is all grown up, widowed, and turned into a crochety old woman. She is embarking on her first trip to America to receive an honarary degree from Columbia in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Rev. Charles Dodgeson's (the real name of L.C.) birthday. She travels with Lucy, her sweet-as-cream companion who Alice has (apparently) rescued from life as an orphan. As soon as they set foot on dry land, it's clear this is not ordinary trip.
America in 1930s, struggling to emerge from the Depression, is crass, commercial, and desperate for dreams. The era that embraced Shirley Temple is all about the cuteness of little girls, and to discover that the Alice of Wonderland was a *real* little girl threw the country into a frenzy.Read more ›
The year is 1932. The dignified Mrs. Alice Hargreaves (Coral Browne) has arrived to New York City to receive an honorary degree from Columbia University. The institution is planning to celebrate the 100th birthday of Charles Dodgeson (Ian Holm), AKA Lewis Carroll. Upon hearing the news about her arrival, New York's hungry reporters and photographers surround the old woman like vultures, treating her like celebrity. While they are anxious to know the relationship she once had with Lewis Carroll, she doesn't understand why so much fuss is placed into her association with a children's novel. In fact, after 70 years of strict, Victorian etiquette, Mrs. Hargreaves has almost forgotton about the simple joys of childhood nonsense. In the first half of the film, she is proud in her upper-class pomposity, reprimanding any stranger who calls her by her first name. Occasionally, there is humor in the clash between British and American behaviors. Later on, Jack Dolan (Peter Gallagher), a handsome and ambitious ex-reporter from the Harold Tribune, tries to convince Mrs. Hargreaves to capitalize on her identity; to rely on her childhood memories as a method of endorsing a feature film and radio ads. For further persuasion, Jack even uses his charms to woo Lucy (Nicola Cowper), Mrs. Hargreaves fragile and obedient daughter.Read more ›
This movie's premise is that Alice has just plain forgotten, or deliberately put the 70-year old relationship with Dodson out of her mind, repressed it, because of the slightly sinister, decidedly unnatural spin her suspicious mother placed on it all those years ago. In the end, she realizes that "I was too young to recognize the gift" at the time it was offerred--namely, that Dodson simply loved her--and that she loved him.
I found the movie spellbinding, the hypothesis believable, and Coral Browne, Ian Holm, Jane Asher, and Amelia Shankley mesmerising; but most of all, it's the dreamy, brooding soundtrack that haunts...! I've seen this movie many times; from opening credits to final logo it reduces me to tears, and even for days afterward. Just thinking of a few bars of it has me running for tissues.
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This is not a review about the film. I will only address the DVD itself, as this is what most people want to know before purchasing.
The DVD quality is an 8-9. Read more
This is a wonderful film, with unforgettable performances by Coral Browne and Ian Holm. By the end, it has become a very moving experience. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Greg Stanford
The DVD is like normal TV quality* but is compressed in a way that when the camera moves much, or the action does, it gets somewhat pixelated and blurry. Read morePublished 21 months ago by J. Morgan
Dreamchild is a little gem, acknowledged at the time as Oscar material for best foreign film. Coral Browne won a BAFTA and was nominated for the Oscar. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Barb Angell
Low budget but well acted and good thoughtful script. Very intriguing topic. Not really a children's movie.Published on August 11, 2014 by J Rodbard
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