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Lotte Reiniger's Art

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Lotte Reiniger's Art

The short documentary gives us a wonderful insight into the enchanting animated film world of Lotte Reiniger.

Documentary 1970 17 mins

Director: John Isaacs

Overview

Lotte Reiniger was one of the 20th century's major animation artists, pioneering a unique and distinctive style of black and white silhouette animation in her interpretations of classic myths and fairy tales.

This short documentary looks at the animated art of Lotte Reiniger. We are taken through a demonstration by Lotte herself on the way she cut out, constructed and filmed a silhouette character. She also discusses how she developed the use of coloured gelatines for her backgrounds. To illustrate her output, the documentary includes extracts from several of her films including Papageno (1935), The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) and The Frog Prince.