Alice or the Last Escapade

Alice or the Last Escapade (French: Alice ou la dernière fugue) is a 1977 French fantasy film written and directed by Claude Chabrol. The film is very loosely inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, including the protagonist's name being Alice Carroll (a combination of the Alice character and the author's pseudonymous surname).[2]

Alice or the Last Escapade
Directed byClaude Chabrol
Produced byPierre Gauchet
Patrick Hildebrand
Eugène Lépicier
Screenplay byClaude Chabrol
Based onAlice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
StarringSylvia Kristel
Charles Vanel
Music byPierre Jansen
CinematographyJean Rabier
Edited byMonique Fardoulis
# P.H.P.G.
Distributed byUnion Générale Cinématographique (UGC)
Release date
  • 19 January 1977 (1977-01-19)
Running time
93 minutes
Box office98,954 admissions (France)[1]


While leaving her husband, whom she has grown to despise, Alice (Sylvia Kristel) drives into the pristine countryside but must stop at an old house after her windshield has cracked mysteriously. An old man and his butler welcome her at the mansion as if she were expected. The old man insists on her staying overnight. They even offer to have her car repaired in the morning. She is woken up in the middle of the night by a booming noise. The next day the car is there with a new windshield but she is alone in the deserted house. After a good breakfast laid out for her she jumps into the car again but she cannot find the gateway to the country house from whence she came. A tree trunk seems to be in the way. Reluctantly she returns to the old house. She then tries to walk the way with her suitcase and she meets a young man who tells her to accept the fact that there is no way out. Is she in limbo? She has to spend a second night in the mansion. The old man is there again and provides some explanations. The following day is a bright morning full of birdsong. Once more breakfast is ready for her in the lonely house. She takes the car again and here is the path and the gate to the highway. Is she really out? A few more strange characters come her way. Her windshield cracks again.

Principal cast

Sylvia KristelAlice Caroll
Charles VanelHenri Vergennes
Jean CarmetColas
Fernand LedouxThe old doctor
André DussollierThe young man at the park
François PerrotThe 40 year old man
Thomas ChabrolThe 13 year old boy

Critical reception

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  1. Sylvia Kristel French box office information at Box Office Story
  2. "Alice in Euroland". Retrieved 2011-10-31.
  3. "Alice, Or The Last Escapade Trailer, Reviews and Schedule for Alice, Or The Last Escapade |". Retrieved 2011-10-31.
  4. "ALICE OU LA DERNIERE FUGUE - Chronique/Critique/Review Film & DVD". translated from. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
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