42 Lewis Carroll Would Approve

Chess Film

Alexander Aprahamian

It’s well-known that “Through the Looking-Glass” is an extended metaphor for a game of chess. It also happens to be Aprahamian’s favorite piece of literature, believing it works as a commentary on freewill versus determinism, hence key to a greater understanding of the deeply spiritual Carroll. This film toys with the mirror-world theme by leaving the viewer wondering who really is playing this chess game? Is it happening all within the nun’s mind? Are her moves of her own volition—or predetermined by forces beyond her understanding?

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