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The Mad Hatter intense and fragile

Posted in Uncategorized by Anna Maria Polidori on April 2, 2016

James Bobin explains his Alice: Through the Looking Glass



James Bobin during his interview with Collider talked largely of his big passion for Alice in Wonderland because in UK this one is a classic everyone keep in their house as a religious relic.

Not just in UK, of course but it it undoubtedly true that Lewis Carrol is considered an icon and one of the most wonderful writers of all the times in UK where he was born and where he sets the adventures of Alice in Wonderland and Alice through the Looking Glass.

What it is always wonderfully shocking is to seeing the passion with which James Bobin talks of his Alice historically inserting her in that fabulous period and moment for UK that was the Victorian Age.

So it’s not a surprise that Bobin proposed himself for the role of director of Alice, while he was completing another Disney movie.

To him the opportunity for demonstrate to everyone who realistically Lewis Carroll, the author of  two books of Alice, Alice in Wonderland and Alice:Through the Looking Glass, was.

Wagons of ink spent for describing this author, to Bobin Carroll was mainly a satirist, with a certain comedy in himself. Carroll in fact tried to satirize Victorian Age.

Not happy to be the director of Alice: Through the looking glass, Bobin tried to feel and to search for the emotions felt by Carroll when he wrote “Alice”, deciding to visit the University of Oxford and the river where Carroll told this story at first to Alice Liddell, the little kid inspired this story deciding later to write these tales.

The years when the real Alice was born, 1850’s a moment of profound transformation for UK. Very soon a new movement the one of the Suffragette would have changed with drastic personal decisions the destiny of a country.
A new wild wind was borning and it would have brought changes not yet completed at all.

These women were, anyway different from all the other ones of the previous generations of British ladies, closed in their houses, without any kind of expectation for the future. These new girls tried to fight for a better future while they were dreaming for more possibilities.

Bobin explains that it was also why he decided to visualize and later to seeing and put as captain of a ship the same Alice at the beginning of the movie.
A gesture of trust for women who, everywhere in the world are still fighting for their own dignity at home, work and in many other fields of their life.

James Bobin tried to do with Alice Through the Looking Glass a more human, historical movie with real vibe, and we will see Victorian age as main protagonist.

The movie created will be seen and appreciated by his daughter, now 8 years old.

The director discovered the idea of Time thinking that it was in Lewis Carroll’s own mind.
The Mad Hatter the first time met Alice, tells Bobin to Collider says: “I’ve been stuck at this Tea Party since last March when Time and I quarreled.”

And so Time character.

How Bobin would define Time?

“A kind of confident idiot, powerful but at the same time vulnerable and a lonely despot.”

Johnny 12036842_960439533998415_8282569945684256778_n (Lory Depp Girl pic) Depp the director added portrayed a wonderful Mad Hatter with an intense fragility and vulnerability.


Anna Maria Polidori


Source: Collider


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