The Adventures of Prince Achmed
A FILM BY: Lotte Reiniger
Live accompaniment by Music Box house organist Dennis Scott | Co-presented by Chicago Film Society
Three years in the making, Lotte Reiniger's The Adventures of Prince Achmed is a hand-made tapestry of silhouette animation that may as well have sprung from a magic lamp. A free adaptation of several stories from the Arabian Nights, this mythical journey from Bagdad to Wak-Wak, with plenty of witches, sorcerers, and flying horses along the way, conjures more wonderful sights from card stock and tissue paper than any modern blockbusters can muster. As the first animated feature, Prince Achmed 's place in the history books is secure, but its craftsmanship remains singular and undiminished, with its intricately designed puppets, its freely undulating backdrops, its otherworldly special effects, and its unstoppable narrative ascend to the clouds.
Tinted 35mm print courtesy of Milestone Films | Special introduction from members of Manual Cinema
Production Year: 1926
Country of Origin: Germany
Run Time: 66 mins
A FILM BY: Frank Borzage
WRITTEN BY: Monckton Hoffe (play), Philip Klein (adaptation)
STARRING: Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Natalie Kingston
Co-presented by The Chicago Film Society | Live accompaniment by Music Box house organist Dennis Scott
Frank Borzage reaches a resplendent apex in STREET ANGEL, in which Neapolitan urchin Angela (Janet Gaynor) turns amateur streetwalker after her mother falls ill. Fleeing the police, she joins a gypsy circus and meets romantic painter Gino (Charles Farrell). When the authorities finally catch up with the lovers, Gino's portrait of Angela becomes a transcendent conduit for two souls blooming in adversity's shadow. A follow-up to the smash 7TH HEAVEN, with a heavy helping of Expressionist visual finesse cribbed from F.W. Murnau, STREET ANGEL was a tremendous popular success in its own right.
Production Year: 1928
Country of Origin: United States
Run Time: 102 mins