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John Barry Footage from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Here’s a pretty amazing find: a 30-minute behind-the-scenes look at the making of the 1972 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, with a song–score by John Barry (music) and Don Black (lyrics).

The Barry section starts at 7:45 and is a great chance to see him in his element (moviola, piano, music scores) circa 1972.

I got to meet Barry but towards the end of his career. I’m always fascinated by photos and footage of our composer heroes when they were young and vibrant and had so many artistic masterpieces yet to come.

This version of Alice, alas, does not have a good reputation and I’ve never been able to watch the whole thing. You can try yourself:

Child star Fiona Fullerton later became a “Bond girl,” briefly, in A View to a Kill, when Roger Moore was old enough to be her father. (I looked it up: he was 29 years older.)

The Alice soundtrack is wonderful and I was so proud to release it on a two-for CD with Barry’s score to Petulia on Film Score Monthly back in 2005.

Both were released on Warner Bros. Records so it was a pretty easy license and production—and Jon Burlingame wrote, as always, terrific new liner notes. The CD is still available from Screen Archives Entertainment.

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