Chasing rabbits out of the hat and into the SHEDding of childhood: Alice

De Bruyn, Dirk 2018, Chasing rabbits out of the hat and into the SHEDding of childhood: Alice, Senses of cinema, no. 86.

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Title Chasing rabbits out of the hat and into the SHEDding of childhood: Alice
Author(s) De Bruyn, Dirk
Journal name Senses of cinema
Issue number 86
Publisher Senses of Cinema
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2018-03
ISSN 1443-4059
Keyword(s) experimental animation
sexual abuse
Summary This review researches how it is possible to communicate unspoken traumas.
Notes Alice is an 86-minute film, a 125,000-frame puzzle, and a meticulously constructed infantile dream. Jan Svankmajer has stated that he considers his childhood an equal partner in his life, a place easily and continually revisited: ”Childhood is my alter-ego.” (3) As articulated in his art, Svankmajer’s is not a nostalgic or distant childhood but an unsettling one saturated by a harassing malevolence, with puppet characters imbued with a disturbing ambiguity suspended between a static innocence and a moving, stalking dread.
Language eng
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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