Alex in Wonderland
is a 1970 feature-length film directed by Paul Mazursky
, written with his partner Larry Tucker and starring Donald Sutherland
and Ellen Burstyn
. Sutherland plays Alex Morrison, a director who has made one feature and spends his time in Hollywood pondering what his next will be. Mazursky plays a new-style Hollywood producer in the film, and his daughter Meg Mazursky
portrays Amy, one of Morrison's daughters. Noted teacher of improvisational theater Viola Spolin
plays Morrison's mother.
At the time, Mazursky himself, who'd just made Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
(1969), was in a similar situation. The film also features cameo appearances
by Federico Fellini
and Jeanne Moreau
, and seems to be inspired by their work. In particular, Fellini's 8 1/2
(1963), about a film director who's artistically stuck, is referenced. Moreau sings two songs on the soundtrack, "Le Vrai Scandale" (for which she wrote the words) and "Le Reve Est La."