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Dreamchild

The elderly Alice (Coral Browne) for whom Lewis Carroll created his Wonderland, arrives in 1930s New York for a celebration of his centenary at Columbia University; tagged by a young paid companion (Nicola Cowper) and a hustling reporter (Peter Gallagher), the old woman experiences a series of flashbacks and bizarre hallucinations (peopled by Wonderland creatures created by Jim Henson's puppet shop) that eventually lead her to forgive Carroll for loving her too much as a child. The ambitious structure, the crazy mix of tones, and the sour take on fantasy identify this as a Dennis Potter screenplay (Pennies From Heaven, Brimstone and Treacle); it's about two-thirds too clever for its own good, and director Gavin Millar doesn't have nearly the control required to keep all the levels working equally well, or even in intelligible concert with each other. There's enough visual flash and formal trickery to keep the picture chugging along, but Potter's fascination with the perverse seems finally to mask a conventional moralism. With Ian Holm (as Carroll), Jane Asher, and Caris Corfman.

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