entertained in an era of cgi creations as grand and mechanical as the statue of liberty holding up captain america’s shield (lol watched the new spider-man last night), the adventures of prince achmed’s handmade creatures offer an awestruck enchantment into the magic of the oldest, surviving animated feature. conjuring an artistry unlike any of her peers—gravitating towards the wonders of ancient folklore, lotte reiniger set her cinematic storybook in the literary realm of one thousand and one nights.
reiniger’s majestic dose of surrealism captures intimately tinted and fluid backgrounds, drawing out the meticulous beauty of its saga’s cut out silhouettes while restored visuals and orchestral tunes guide us through mesmerizing silence—solidifying the illusion of texture and human expressionism. the perfect introduction to the underrated marvel of silent films.
… yeah you did read that right, a woman crafted the first feature-length animated film 😎