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An interview with Tim Burton

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Leading article: New dimension

So is the future of film going to be in three dimensions or not? Until recently, it looked like the argument was settled. The box office success of James Cameron's Avatar and Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland had many film executives believing that they'd finally cracked it.

Alice In Wonderland, Tim Burton, 105 mins, (PG)

Fantastic visuals fail to make up for the worst kind of Disneyesque revisionism in this largely charmless chunter through Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland (PG)

A hole lack of wonder

Observations: 1903 film provides first peek down the rabbit hole

Move over Tim Burton. In the week that Hollywood's eminent eccentric releases his big-budget, 3D extravaganza, the first-ever film of Alice in Wonderland has been rediscovered and is fast becoming a YouTube sensation. Made in 1903, just eight years after the birth of cinema, the extraordinary piece of film history was thought to be lost forever. Its director, Cecil Hepworth, had gone bankrupt in 1924 and the negatives of his back catalogue were melted down for silver. Then in 1963 a cinema in Hove discovered an original tinted print in a dusty storeroom. "It really is a tragic object to look at," says Robin Baker, head curator of the BFI National Archive. "The emulsion is flaking off the print." Though several scenes are damaged beyond repair, the BFI restored what was left and is now streaming it, free, online.

Wear Me: Alice in Wonderland and spring fashion trends

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David Lister: Covent Garden does the decent thing

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Don’t be late for a
very important date

Thanks to the launch next week of Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ film, there are three games heading our way.

First Night: Alice in Wonderland, Odeon Leicester Square, London

A curiously conventional journey to Wonderland

Odeon backs down over Alice boycott

Odeon, Britain's biggest cinema chain, has performed a last-minute U-turn on its decision to boycott the lavish new 3D version of Alice in Wonderland by announcing it will screen the film nationwide after all.

Tim Burton: Boyhood traumas of a director

His films are pervaded by darkness and peopled by outsiders. As the director's 'Alice in Wonderland' opens, he talks to Gill Pringle about the origins of his demons

Observations: The right choir for a Carroll

Not many choral directors can claim to field daily calls from Hollywood composers Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman and Craig Armstrong. Jenny O'Grady is one such director and her phone has barely stopped flashing up LA numbers since she created Metro Voices 15 years ago. Her latest project is providing vocals to this year's eagerly anticipated Alice in Wonderland.

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