INSPIRING THE MAGIC FLUTE: A SHORTS PROGRAM
THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED
LOTTE REINIGER | GERMANY | 1926 | 95 MIN
Often cited as the first full-length animated film, this dazzling fable is the crowning achievement of one of early cinema’s greatest visionaries: German filmmaker Lotte Reiniger. Adapting a swashbuckling tale from The Arabian Nights, Reiniger conjures cinematic magic using her trademark silhouette animation. This newly restored version features hand-tinted slides and orchestral score.
BUSTER KEATON, EDWARD F. KLINE | USA | 1921 | 19 MIN
In One Week, two newlyweds face numerous, hilarious mishaps as they attempt to build a house from a do-it-yourself kit. This slapstick masterpiece is a tour-de-force of physical comedy and ingenious production design.
PAUL BARRITT | UK | 2014 | 12 MIN
1927’s award-winning short film is a poetic, funny, and ultimately nightmarish look at the havoc wreaked by a group of fiendish little boys. Using a combination of hand-drawn animation and vintage photos to capture a bygone era, director Paul Barritt conjures a spirit of childhood innocence laced with the threat of violence.
CAT & MOUSE CARTOONS
PAUL BARRITT | UK | 2017
1927’s Co-Artistic Director Paul Barritt created these riffs on early animation with this selection of darkly comic cartoons about good-natured Krazy Kat and the nefarious mouse Ignatz. Each short is accompanied by an original musical score.