Metro Art Presents: The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Friday, November 1 from 8PM to 10PM (Doors at 7:30) -- Union Station Ticketing Hall

Metro Art Los Angeles is pleased to present “The Adventures of Prince Achmed,” (1926, 66 min, Dir. Lotte Reigniger) as the next installment of our animated film series at Union Station.

This screening is free and open to the public. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Special guest to introduce the film.

Lotte Reiniger (1899-1981) was a master of the animated shadow-puppet film, a stop-motion technique inspired by the theatrical shadow-plays originating in ancient China, India and the Middle East. “The adventures of Prince Achmed” tells the story of an African sorcerer, who is simultaneously a powerful magician and the ugliest person in the world. He falls madly in love with the beautiful daughter of the Caliph of Baghdad, the princess Dinarsade. The sorcerer uses his power of the magic arts to create a wooden horse that can fly and uses it to fly to Baghdad embarking on a magical adventure.

This series examines different animation techniques that have paved the way for the genre.

In nearly 70 films, made over a period of sixty years, Reiniger’s sensitive hands and flashing scissors fashioned distinctive, evocative characters from thinly rolled lead and cardboard hinged together by wire joints. Reiniger’s cutout shadow-figures were then laid flat upon levels of glass and translucent backgrounds lit from below, and manipulated incrementally by her hands, frame- by-frame, beneath the gaze of a movie camera.

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