Initiation of Alice in Wonderland: The Looking Glass of Lewis Carroll
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Strange lands, peculiar animated beings and altered perceptions created to entertain and confuse. White Rabbits, a Mad Queen, a baby transforming into a pig and conundrums by the score what on earth does it all mean?
Lewis Carroll was the enigmatic man who created a magical and surreal reality populated by characters mined from the depths of his imagination. Were they simple tales of fantasy to entertain children or something considerably more profound?
Everyone knows that Johnny Depp plays the Mad Hatter in the Tim Burton film, Alice in Wonderland, but few know of the amazing man who first imagined the world of Alice in Wonderland.
In this film we explore the wonderful world of Lewis Carroll and for the first time delve deep into the mind of the man to discover the hidden mysteries and meanings behind his incredible creations.
Prepare for a journey through the looking glass and to enter a realm of fantastic adventure and mystery.
Written and directed by best selling author and award winning filmmaker, Philip Gardiner, and co- written by author Brian Allan.
The Initiation of Alice in Wonderland: The Looking Glass of Lewis Carroll, 75 Minutes plus Special Features, RYE 1069
Top Customer Reviews
Please, I threw away 20 bucks for this trash. I hope I can prevent someone else from doing the same. Use the cash to buy one of the fine Lewis Carroll biographies available.
Perhaps Dodgson had some neurological disorder - a logician's approach to illogic hardly proves that. And perhaps he was exposed to some philosophical arcana, as were all the other educated people of the time. That doesn't prove that "Alice" was an encrypted guide to enlightenment, sharable only through certain herbs and fungi. And yes, his photo penchant can be interpreted in a modernist and degrading way, or in the Victorian ideal of childhood purity and innocence. I find that a false dichotomy. I enjoy modern (and adult) figure photography both as artistic statements, and also as the target sought by my male role in furthering our species. I can do both at once. This doesn't prove Dodgson did hold such diverse thoughts in mind at the same time. But it seems strange to insist he could not.
A smattering of facts (which other reviewers rightly call into question), a tablespoon of historical uncertainty, and a bucket of conjecture carefully concocted to support the unprovable, wrapped in video imagery that serves little to no purpose. As documentary, I give this negative points. A lot of people, having seen this, would come away less well-informed than when they started. I mostly found it droll.
I didn't mind the low end video effects. Not sure I could have done better by myself. Which this looks like he did everything himself. "A" for effort.
I didn't mind the director's daughter "mugging for the camera". She was cute and seemed to follow direction well. But get her some better period clothing.
Less repeating of stock photos would've been good. More footage from different productions or art work (if you could afford the permissions).
I don't know if the information is accurate. He DID say things like "It is belived" and "It is possible" which insinuates an opinion. Not fact.
If you're expecting a high dollar Sony, MGM, Miramax, etc production, don't. It's a one man effort, doing something he enjoys. Taken as such, it's not bad.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Alice is loved by millions but knowing the reason Lewis wrote the stories disturbs me . It is always nice to see others play out the story so one can compare the actors in the... Read morePublished on May 17, 2014 by Dan Heath de Butts
This is a gift that I ordered for my daughter who loves everything "Alice". I'm sure she'll enjoy it too.Published on October 15, 2013 by Sherrill M. Meeks
Movie was a gift to a great Alice in Wonderland fan. It was shipped very quickly. It was clean and new. I would order
again. Thank You
I've read Alice in Wonderland and seen several movie adaptations so I naturally was curious to know more about how these strange and wonderful characters were dreamt up. Read morePublished on May 18, 2013 by Shane
Wow. Lewis Carroll was a strange ranger. I had no idea until watching this video. There is a great deal of background information and in depth info here. Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by kdeva7
Lewis Carroll is an icon and this does his life and story justice. It was great to learn more about this genius of an author.Published on January 14, 2013 by Benjamin Carter
This DVD was a very in-depth look at the very real "wonderland" that was Carroll's mind. The Alice work is obviously so laden with deeper meanings, and this DVD does much to... Read morePublished on January 2, 2013 by Meredith Reynolds
"The Initiation of Alice in Wonderland: The Looking Glass of Lewis Carroll" offers a brief--but detailed--examination of an author who has been both celebrated and reviled (scandal... Read morePublished on June 22, 2010 by Kindle Customer
I don't like the references in the movie that relate to drugs, sex, and black magic. I wish I would have known before buying, opening, and watching it. Read morePublished on May 18, 2010 by Brian S. Crane