Jabberwocky (1971)

Genres - Avant-garde / Experimental  |   Run Time - 14 min.  |   Countries - Czechoslovakia  |  
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Directed by Jan Svankmajer, this surrealist live-action adaptation of Lewis Carroll's poem The Jabberwocky (which can be found within the pages of Through the Looking Glass) is, for the most part, centered around the travels of a surprisingly mobile wardrobe. After a brief trip the forest, the wardrobe's doors open to reveal a strange Victorian playroom supervised by an older, bearded man with glasses inside of a photographic portrait. As the wardrobe "grows" a variety of strange looking jars, the toys inside come to life just as maggot-infested shrubbery furiously begins to sprout across the room. This sets the premise for a variety of odd scenes involving a cat, a tea party, dismembered dolls, and a continuous effort to deface the portrait amidst a reading of The Jabberwocky.