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Through The Looking Glass (1915 Film)

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Through the Looking Glass is a 1915 silent short film based on Lewis Carroll's 1871 novel of the same name. It is the first adaptation of the novel, the next being in 1928.

Plot[edit]

Alice wonders if the events she just saw in Alice in Wonderland were a dream, when she finds herself in the presence of The White Knight. On his horse, she finds weird "inventions of his", such as a mousetrap on its back. The knight then sends her across a nearby river. There, "Bunny" puts a golden necklace, a crown, and a wand with a star on the end on Alice, making her "Queen Alice". The White Queen and Red Queen appear next to her on the riverbank, who invite each other to Alice's party later in the afternoon. Alice quotes, "I didn't know I were to have a party, but if so, I invite you White Queen, and You Red Queen". The queens, except for Alice, then disappear, and Alice says, "They disappeared, just like The Cheshire Cat!". Bunny then finds Alice and leads her to the area where she will host her party. "Let all the Looking glass things come to the party, with the red queen, white queen, and me!", says Alice. And characters from both novels arrive, including The Mock Turtle, The Tweedles, and The Card people. The party starts out alright, but descends into trouble due to an unspecified reason. Alice then leaves and says, "Life is nothing but a dream!"

Themes[edit]

The red and white are meant to be like chess pieces, as opposed to the earlier film in which they resemble cards. Most the characters, including the queens, are meant to entertain kids, since Lewis Carroll, the author of the novel, loved kids. Alice's line at the end is at the end of a poem Carroll wrote at the end of the novel. The Tweedles, and their tale about The Walrus and the Carpenter ended up in the 1951 film adaptation of Carroll's first novel, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

See also[edit]

  • Alice in Wonderland (1903 film), the 1903 prequel to this film.
  • Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, basis for the film.
  • Volia Savoy, actress of Alice.
  • Through the Looking Glass (2016 film), another adaptation by Tim Burton.

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