• The Adventures of Prince Achmed

    1926. Germany. Lotte Reiniger. 73 min.

Piano accompaniment by Ben Model

Sunday, November 15, 2009, 5:30 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • The Adventures of Prince Achmed

    1926. Germany. Directed by Lotte Reiniger. On November 11, the artist Kara Walker introduces one of the greatest animated films of all time—indeed, the earliest feature-length animation still believed to exist: Reiniger’s magical retelling of tales from A Thousand and One Nights. Reiniger, a pioneer of silhouette animation, would later recall of her collaborators on Prince Achmed that “Walter Ruttmann invented and created wonderful movements for the magic events, fire, volcanoes, battles of good and evil spirits, and Berthold Bartosch composed and cut out movement of waves for a sea storm, now a household [conceit] in animation but something quite new at the time.” Tinted print preserved by the Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt; courtesy Milestone Films. Silent. 73 min.