Pioneering animator Lotte Reiniger takes on one of the world’s most famous fairytales and makes it her own with her signature silhouette animation technique.
Pioneering animator Lotte Reiniger creates an elaborate shadow world based on the Arabian Nights. A pastiche of fairy tales, the story is told using silhouette animation, most of it done by Reiniger herself in a small home studio. One of the most breathtakingly beautiful films of the silent era and an epic testament to Reiniger’s vision and talent.
[toggler title=”How does it end? (click here for a spoiler)” ]Our hero saves his love, his kingdom, his family and generally gets the fairy tale ending we expect.[/toggler]
If it were a dessert it would be:
Oatmeal Lace Cookies. Delicate, yet homespun.
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Think of this story as Aladdin: Expanded Universe. The tale concerns all the usual Arabian Nights ingredients: princes, lamps, djinn, snakes, caves, enchanted birds… What makes it significant is the way it is presented: via the dainty silhouette figures created by Lotte Reiniger.