The Adventures of Prince Achmed + live music by Lód 9Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed, DEU 1926 67'
28.09 WE 20.30 @Katowice City of Gardens: room 211
DIRECTED BY: Lotte Reiniger, Carl Koch
SCREENPLAY BY: Lotte Reiniger
PRODUCED BY: Louis Hagen
ANIMATION BY: Walter Ruttmann, Bertold Bartosch, Alexander Kardan, Walter Türk
The first feature-length animation ever which survived to this day after its theatre premiere 90 years ago. Based on The Arabian Nights, it tells the story of a prince who travels around the world on a flying horse thanks to a certain wizard. The cutout animation – of which Lotte Reiniger and previously uncredited Carl Koch are unwitting pioneers – took three years to make, with the support of such personalities of German silent cinema as Walter Ruttmann (“Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis”) and Bertold Bartosch (“The Idea”). On our festival, we will screen the version restored by the British Film Institute. The soundtrack will be played live, masterminded by the band Lód 9.