Scene from film – photo courtesy of Cimatheque Alternative Film Center official page
CAIRO – 12 December 2017: One of the most renowned and influential animation movies, the 91-year old film "The Adventures Of Prince Achmed," will screen at Cimatheque - the Alternative Film Center on Thursday.
"The Adventures of Prince Achmed" is the third feature-length animated movie ever made, and the last existing piece of work by the director Lotte Reiniger.
Reiniger is a pioneer silhouette animation film maker who influenced the animation industry through brand new directions, techniques and ideas that made a huge change in the future of the industry.
She worked along with her husband Carl Kosh, who was responsible for photography in all her movies, and after he passed away, she had a very hard time coming back to work on her beautiful animated movies and projects. She got back to the scene through lecturing her shadow animation techniques in Europe.
The movie was filmed by a technique called the frame-by-frame technique; the phenomenal director took three years to create that movie (1923-1926), exerting immense efforts.
Based on the famous story "The Arabian Nights," the film was the third film ever made of this type after two Argentinean films created the idea but were lost through history, making "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" stand out.
"Cimatheque" - Alternative Film Center decided to remind us of the origins of such a master piece of cinematic art in efforts to introduce the works of Reiniger to young filmmakers.