Friday, 27 January 2012

''We had the best of educations"

''We had the best of educations — in fact, we went to school every day — ' 'I've been to a day-school, too,' said Alice; 'you needn't be so proud as all that.' 'With extras?' asked the Mock Turtle a little anxiously. Yes,' said Alice, 'we learned French and music.' 'And washing?' said the Mock Turtle. 'Certainly not!' said Alice indignantly. 'Ah! then yours wasn't a really good school,' said the Mock Turtle in a tone of great relief.

Sir John Gielgud was sublime as the Mock Turtle in Jonathan Miller’s druggy-seeming Alice, which does not preserve any of the spirit of Carrol but is a great and very English work of art. And infinitely better than the Johnny Depp version. I saw 3 minutes of the Depp version, all special effects instead of imagination or acting, and told my niece the Miller version was way superior but though I bought it for her as a present several years ago she vehemently and I thought rather rudely disagreed. She is 12..

In the 60s - I can actually remember this just - the Victorian Age seemed close and you feel this watching the Miller Alice. By the mid-70s it seemed infinitely distant.

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