As many of you know, Loretta and I just returned from a frantic (but fun) short trip to New York in connection with the Romance Writers of America annual conference. For solitary writers from the hinterlands, NYC is a perpetual Wonderland, which is why this clip seems particularly appropriate for us today.
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll has inspired numerous interpretations since it first was published in 1865, from Disney cartoons to music videos to the most recent dizzying movie by director Tim Burton. But in 1903, less that forty years after the book was written, two pioneering filmmakers – Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow - used the still-new medium to create the first Alice in Wonderland, the longest film (12 minutes and 800 feet!) produced at the time in Britain.
The film has recently been restored by the BFI National Archive from a badly deteriorated original. The damage is still apparent. But with its elaborate costumes and a few exciting special effects, the short, silent film has a magical power and dreaminess that the later, more elaborate ones can't match. This clip features the highlights; here's the link to the complete film, plus more information about the film.
There’s a big difference in how we use history. But we’re equally nuts about it. To us, the everyday details of life in the past are things to talk about, ponder, make fun of -- much in the way normal people talk about their favorite reality show.
We talk about who’s wearing what and who’s sleeping with whom. We try to sort out rumor or myth from fact. We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.