18:30 to 19:30
Movies and Video
Theatre of the Figures Rua João de Brito Vargas – Faro
THE ADVENTURES OF THE PRINCE ACHMED
[SE] Movies and Music | Theater of Figures
February 20, Wednesday, 10:30 am (school session) and 6:30 pm (families, general public)
Concerto projection with animated film fully rotated with Chinese shadows and figures cut into the cardboard
Original music (live accompaniment) by the pianist and composer Arsénio Martins
Artistic and technical sheet:
Arsénio Martins / Aroma jazz trio
Arsénio Martins: piano and composition
Filipe Valentim: saxophones (tenor, soprano) and flute
Ângelo Barreto: percussion and drums
The Adventures of Prince Achmed is officially the first animated feature in Film History. The film, directed by German director Lotte Reiniger, was entirely produced with Chinese card and shadow figures. It is a work that can be a reference in animation cinema and in the History of the Puppet simultaneously.
Drawing on key works from Arabic literature such as The Thousand and One Nights, Lotte Reiniger tells us, in sixty minutes of Chinese shadow drama, the almost impossible love story between Prince Achmed and Princess Pari Banu. The action takes place in the caliph of Cordoba on the caliph’s birthday.