The 1903 film version of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” was made 37 years after the publication of the novel, just eight years after the invention of moving film. Though the silent movie clocked in at 12 minutes, the film was damaged - a single copy exists of the original material - and only eight minutes of the reel could be restored. More than a century since its release, the British Film Institute presents “Alice in Wonderland” in its original 1903 color scheme.
The clip above shares several minutes of the film, and it’s fantastic to see what modern day motion pictures developed from. It’s equally mindblowing that we can now watch a film made in 1903, which once existed as a delicate roll of 100 year old material, from any computer with internet access from any single spot on the globe.
Be sure to check out the short reel of the classic story. It’s a very enjoyable three minutes, if not occasionally mysterious. Is that a time traveling Maurice Sendak character at 2:29?
Mysterious, indeed. *(Waves kerchief)*