Le BFI (British Film Institute) a restauré tant bien que mal la seule copie authentifiée de la première version cinématographique de Alice in Wonderland, et l'a déposée il y a quelques jours sur YT. Le film a été réalisé en 1903, soit 37 ans après la sortie du livre de Lewis Carroll. Du bricolage de génie. Du vrai Méliès.


The first-ever film version of Lewis Carroll's tale has recently been restored by the BFI National Archive from severely damaged materials. Made just 37 years after Lewis Carroll wrote his novel and eight years after the birth of cinema, the adaptation was directed by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow, and was based on Sir John Tenniel's original illustrations. In an act that was to echo more than 100 years later, Hepworth cast his wife as the Red Queen, and he himself appears as the Frog Footman. Even the Cheshire cat is played by a family pet.

With a running time of just 12 minutes (8 of which survive), Alice in Wonderland was the longest film produced in England at that time. Film archivists have been able to restore the film's original colours for the first time in over 100 years.

Music: 'Jill in the Box', composed and performed by Wendy Hiscocks.