What’s the best way to recover from a hangover? Sofa snugglin’, old-time movies, and a bit of the hair of the dog that bit ya! What’s the best way to watch an old-time movie? Why, recovering from a hangover, sofa snugglin’ — and a bit of the hair of the dog that bit ya! Comprehension and belief in this undeniable truth (movies + mimosas + madness = happy) was a key point of agreement between us and our newest family member, comedian TJ Miller. Together, we introduce to you to…the “Hangover Matinee”: a monthly brunch complete with food, coffee, booze, and live entertainment — all for anyone who loves old movies in the early afternoon.
For our first Hangover Matinee, we’ve got the captivatingly strange 1933 version of Alice In Wonderland: proof that “weird” wasn’t a recent invention of the late twentieth century! Plumbing depths of the uncanny valley barely glimpsed before or since, this one encased some truly inspired casting (W.C. Fields as Humpty Dumpty! A prehensile Cary Grant as Mock Turtle! Gary Cooper as the White Knight!) in heavy, elaborate costumes, and makeup that rendered its characters playful but monstrous, as Lewis Carroll might have intended! Paramount spared no expense choreographing the dream world for this lavish production, in which a moon-eyed Alice navigates through a Wonderland so beautifully grotesque that each frame shivers with delight.
Alice In Wonderland Dir. Norman Z. McLeod, 1933, 35mm, 76 min.
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