Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland has many scenes of jaw-dropping beauty, and my favorite was an homage to Maxfield Parrish’s Daybreak, a painting that changes color depending on the time of day at which you see it.
I found it fascinating that Burton’s adventurous Alice becomes a Joan of Arc figure and a dragon slayer, who flees marriage to set sail on the high seas.
Larry Rohter quotes the screenwriter in a film review for the NYT:
Linda Woolverton . . . said that when she began her script, she “did a lot of research on Victorian mores, on how young girls were supposed to behave, and then did exactly the opposite.” As she put it, “I was thinking more in terms of an action-adventure film with a female protagonist” than a Victorian maiden.
“I do feel it’s really important to depict strong-willed, empowered women,” she added, “because women and girls need role models, which is what art and characters are. Girls who are empowered have an opportunity to make their own choices, difficult choices, and set out on their own road.”
Perhaps someone can weigh in one the ending and the trading post in China?
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