Silent Classic THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED with Live Score by Many Birthdays this Sunday!
This Sunday, prepare for a jaw-dropping merger of sight and sound as we reprise one of the most mind-blowing live score events we've ever presented.
Few films can lay claim to a visual aesthetic as wholly unique and pure as THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED. Made in 1926, it is the oldest surviving animated film, but it's as timeless as tomorrow. Artist Lotte Reiniger painstakingly created a world in silhouette, inspired by Balinese shadow puppetry, using cardboard cutouts, animated with great skill and care. It's like being carried away by a beautiful dream as we follow Prince Achmed, mounted atop a magical flying horse, who overcomes trial after trial to defeat an evil sorcerer and win the hand of a princess. Few subsequent films have been able to achieve a fraction of PRINCE ACHMED's wonder even with a budget of many millions more.
The score will be provided by Many Birthdays, who, in their words, encompass "dance, punk, cinema, noise, beats, words, color and texture using drums, echos, distortion and paint. Their shows are a mixture of voices, instruments, projected video, English and Japanese, chaos and construction." Join us for an evening of music, light and magic.
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