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Animation

Lotte Reiniger

Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed (The Adventures of Prince Achmed) 1926 All ages
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE AND COLOUR, MONO, 66 MINUTES, GERMANY, NO DIALOGUE / DIRECTOR / SCRIPT / ANIMATOR: LOTTE REINIGER / CINEMATOGRAPHY: CARL KOCH / MUSIC: WOLFGANG ZELLER / PRODUCTION CO: PRODUCTION COMENIUS-FILM / PRINT SOURCE / RIGHTS: BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE

The Adventures of Prince Achmed is the earliest surviving animated feature and the debut film by pioneering female animator Lotte Reiniger. Crafted in exquisite silhouette animation style, the film follows Prince Achmed who, tricked by a sorcerer, soars into the sky on a magical flying horse with Aladdin and the Witch of the Fiery Mountain, in a series of adventures taken from The Arabian Nights. A staggering feat of animation, Reiniger worked alongside experimental German animators Walter Ruttman and Bertold Bartosch to complete her incredibly detailed and beautiful film.

Sat 20 Sept 11.30am and Sun 21 Sept 10.30am / Cinema A

Harlekin (Harlequin) 1931 All ages
16MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 24 MINUTES, GERMANY, NO DIALOGUE / DIRECTOR / SCRIPT / ANIMATOR: LOTTE REINIGER / CINEMATOGRAPHY: CARL KOCH / PRODUCTION CO: TBC / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE
 
Lotte Reiniger utilises her signature paper cut out techniques to envisage a harlequin clown juggling to a Baroque score.

Sat 27 Sept 11.00am and Sun 28 Sept 11.00am (with Snow White and Rose Red, Jack and the Beanstalk and The Star of Bethlehem)/ Cinema A

Snow White and Rose Red 1953 All ages
35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 14 MINUTES, UK, NO DIALOGUE / DIRECTOR / SCRIPT / ANIMATOR: LOTTE REINIGER / ORIGINAL STORY: BROTHERS GRIMM / CINEMATOGRAPHY: CARL KOCH / MUSIC: FREDDIE PHILIPS / PRODUCTION CO: PRODUCTION COMENIUS-FILM / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE

Drawing inspiration from the Brothers Grimm’s fairytale Snow White, this intricate animation tells the tale of three sisters who rescue a bear from a magical curse.

Sat 27 Sept 11.00am and Sun 28 Sept 11.00am (with Harlequin, Jack and the Beanstalkand The Star of Bethlehem) /Cinema A

Jack and the Beanstalk 1955 All ages
35MM, COLOUR, MONO, 10 MINUTES, UK, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR / SCRIPT / ANIMATOR: LOTTE REINIGER / PRINT SOURCE / RIGHTS: BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE

Lotte Reiniger has been quoted "I believe in the truth of fairy-tales more than I believe in the truth in the newspaper." A vividly coloured backdrop frames the titular hero and his adventure with the giant.

Sat 27 Sept 11.00am and Sun 28 Sept 11.00am (with Harlequin, Snow White and Rose Red,and The Star of Bethlehem) / Cinema A

The Star of Bethlehem 1956 All ages
35MM, COLOUR, MONO, 18 MINUTES, UK, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR / SCRIPT / ANIMATOR: LOTTE REINIGER / PRINT SOURCE / RIGHTS: BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE

The Star of Bethlehem
is a nativity story about the journey of three wise men to find the chosen child. The animation incorporates the style of a medieval European mystery play which focussed on the dramatisation of Biblical tales.

Sat 27 Sept 11.00am and Sun 28 Sept 11.00am (with Harlequin, Snow White and Rose Red,and Jack and the Beanstalk) / Cinema A