Lotte Reiniger: The Adventures of Prince Achmed 1926

Lotte Reiniger: The Adventures of Prince Achmed 1926

Lottie Reiniger developed her cut-out silhouette animation technique in 1919, and in partnership with her cinematographer and producer husband Carl Koch, from 1923 made one of the first feature-length animations: The Adventures of Prince Achmed, which still stands as a landmark in animation history. While clearly a development of 18th century silhouette portraiture and the 19th century cardboard children’s toy theatre shows, it is the astonishing handicraft of her animation technique, and her visual storytelling, that make her work very special.

 

 

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