Film + Concert
The Adventures of Prince Achmed
(Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed)
by Lotte Reiniger
First-ever German animated filmThe Adventures of Prince Achmed
(Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed)
Lotte Reiniger, in cooperation with Walther Ruttmann
Germany 1923-26, Animated silhouette film, b/w
Rrestored 35 mm version in Blu Ray format, 61 min.
In collaboration with Kinemathek Hamburg
Based on an episode from "Arabian Nights" Lotte Reiniger's silhouette film with a cast of moving shadows figures tells the tale of the intrepid son of the great Caliph, Prince Achmed, his graceful sister Dinarsade, the beautiful Pari Banu, ruler of the magical island of Wak-Wak. A wicked sorcerer tricks Prince Achmed into riding a magical flying horse. The heroic prince is able to subdue the magical horse, which he uses to fly off to many adventures. While travelling, he falls in love with the beautiful Princess Peri Banu and must defeat an army of demons to win her heart.
Lotte Reiniger's silhouette film is considered to be the first animated feature film in German film history deeply inspired by influences from the art form of Eastern “Oriental” shadow theatre, using the silhouette technique, which employs movable cardboard and metal cutouts posed in front of illuminated sheets of glass.
India is home to the oldest forms of puppet traditions. As a traditional artistic form of entertainment, the shadow theatre was particularly popular among the rural population and was found mainly in south-eastern India. The art of dancing leather puppets exists in former Andhra Pradesh since the 3rd century BC.
Director: Lotte Reiniger
Screenplay: Lotte Reiniger
Live Music at BIFFES 2014: Giorbino/Weber (Electric Guitar and Cello)
Production Design: Lore Leidesdorff, Walter Tuerck, Alexander Kardan, Berthold Bartosch, Walther Ruttmann
Animation: Lotte Reiniger
Producer: Louis Hagen
Production Company: Comenius-Film/Berlin
Length: 65 min
Format: 35 mm, b&w
Original Version: Silent
Genre: Art, Literature
Year of Production: 1926
Lotte Reiniger was born in 1899 in Berlin and died in 1981. A trained silhouette artist, she entered the film business with Paul Wegener's Rattenfaenger von Hameln (The Pied Piper of Hamelin) 1918. With her numerous shorts, she created the new genre of silhouette films.
Andy Giorbino is a founding father among the musicians of Hamburg-based avantgarde music and experimental New Wave scene („Hamburger Schule“). His arrangements combine both a live act and a pre-recorded electronic soundtrack. In a boundary-crossing style Giorbino and his co-musician Krischa Weber weave a magic sound carpet (Klangteppich) of electronics, cello, electric guitar, musical saw, bells and xylophon which is perfectly linked to the fantasy world of Prinz Achmed.
M.D. Pallavi is a singer, actress and filmmaker. She has a Bachelors degree in Hindustani Classical Music and one in Psychology, English and Journalism. She has been performing Sugama Sangeeth (Kannada poetry) for the last fifteen years. Pallavi received the State Award for Best Playback Singer for her song in the Kannada film “Duniya”. She collaborated with Sophia Stepf from Germany and created the solo piece, “C Sharp C Blunt”, which has gone on to win many accolades - three META (India) awards (Best Actress, Best Sound and Best Script), the Secondo Festival Award at Arau, Switzerland and ZKB Patronage Prize at the Zürcher Theater Spektakel. She has acted in Prakash Belawadi's film 'Stumble' and Girish Kasaravalli's film 'Gulabi Talkies'. She has her own band 'HumDrum' with her husband Arun Kumar and also runs 'Sweet Spot Media', a film and mixed media outfit along with Shamik Sen Gupta.
Kinemathek Hamburg regularly presents German/Indian film events by bringing jewels of silent cinema into the present. Along with the Metropolis Cinema, Kinemathek Hamburg owns and maintains an extensive film archive – focusing on all varieties of art and experimental film, documentaries and the vast heritage of film cultures all over the world. Under the banner “Pioneers of Cinema“ this year’s modern film concert showcases Lotte Reiniger's early silhouette film.