Location: Browning Cinema, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Alice 1988

Tickets: $6, $5 faculty/staff, $4 seniors, and $3 all students
574-631-2800 or visit the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center website

Screenings at 6:30 and 9:30 pm.
Introduced by Malynne Sternstein, Associate Professor of Slavic Studies and Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities at the University of Chicago.

Sternstein is the author of The Will to Chance, a book on the Czech historical avant-gardes, from Poetism to Surrealism, and Czechs of Chicagoland, a photographic history, and articles on such topics as iconic language, gender and citizenship in the arts, and the prevailing dialectical concerns of surrealism, she is interested in the main in questions concerning the intersection between art and literature, film and politics.

Directed by Jan Svankmajer; NR, 86 minutes

One of the great Czech filmmakers, Jan Svankmajer was born in 1934 in Prague where he still lives. He trained at the Institute of Applied Arts from 1950 to 1954 and then at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts (Department of Puppetry). In Alice, Svankmajer has created a masterpiece of cinema, a strikingly original interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. The film remains true to the absurdity of Carroll’s original, but bears the stamp of his own distinctive style and obsessions. Combining techniques of animation and live action, he gives a new and fascinating dimension to the classic tale of childhood fantasies.