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The Grasshopper and the Ant

UK, 1955 (MIFF 1960, Programme 10)

Director: Lotte Reiniger

A silhouette film telling the fable of the grasshopper who, having idled all summer, appeals to the industrious ant for help in winter.

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THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMET

Germany, 1926
The Adventures of Prince Achmet has the distinction of being the first full length animated film ever made. After an initial failure to get a major release in Berlin, the film was shown in Paris and … More »

The Little Chimney Sweep

Germany, 1952
Based on the 1935 version, this is among the wittiest of Lotte Reiniger's silhouette films, with a lively and original music track. A little chimney sweep outwits a gang of rogues who have kidnapped … More »

Thirteen Cantos of Hell

UK, 1955
An animated film based on episodes from Dante's poem, by a young artist who formerly worked with Lotte Reiniger, employing an interesting silhouette technique, with the animated figures having a scul… More »

The Magic Horse

UK, 1953
A silhouette film from Lotte Reiniger who has been cutting out paper shapes and photographing them since 1923. Here is another one, a fragment from the Arabian Nights. ... More »

THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED

Germany, 1926
Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is commonly claimed to be the first animated feature film. However, over a decade before, in 1926, Berlin-born avant gardist Lotte Reiniger designed the exqui… More »

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