Lotte Reiniger

Charlotte “Lotte” Reiniger (2 June 1899 – 19 June 1981) was a German film director and the foremost pioneer of silhouette animation. Reiniger made more than 40 films over her career, all using her invention.Her best known films are The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) – the oldest surviving feature-length animated film, preceding Walt Disney’s feature-length Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) by over ten years – and Papageno (1935), featuring music by Mozart. Reiniger is also noted for devising a predecessor to the first multi-plane camera.

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Prince Achmed on a magic isle in The Adventures of Prince Achmed. Still courtesy of Milestone Films.

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Peri Banu, ruler of the islands of Wak Wak, with her maids in The Adventures of Prince Achmed. Still courtesy of Milestone Films.

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Lotte Reiniger bei der Arbeit am Prinzen Achmed Copyright: Stadtmuseum Tübingen

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