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The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

ACMI, Fed Square and the Goethe-Institut present

The Adventures of Prince Achmed with live score by Phillip Johnston

Lotte Reiniger | Germany | | Unclassified (All Ages)

The world's first animated feature is given a new, electronic-infused jazz score by Phillip Johnston and his quartet.

When a mysterious sorcerer attempts to arrange a marriage with a young princess, her brother, Prince Achmed, is quick to intervene. However, the prince is tricked into mounting a flying horse and is soon whisked away to a faraway land.

Drawing on a long history of shadow puppetry and based on stories from Arabian Nights, Lotte Reiniger’s beautifully handcrafted silhouette animation is the world’s oldest surviving animated feature – and perhaps the world's first. Ninety-four years young, this early work of silent cinema is complemented with a new, electronic-infused jazz score by Phillip Johnston and his quartet.

This very special free performance is co-presented with the Goethe-Institut and Fed Square. Arrive early for access to limited deckchair seating. Complimentary ice cream and popcorn will be provided by Fed Square for the first 50 people to arrive.

Format: Digital
Language: Silent (with English intertitles)
Courtesy: Agentur für Pimrose Film Productions
Duration: 65 mins

When

Fri 26 Feb 2021

7.15pm

Duration

65 mins

Rating

Unclassified (All Ages)

Admission

Free

Where

Digital Facade (Big Screen) Fed Square, Melbourne

How to get there

About Phillip Johnston

Phillip Johnston is an American-born saxophonist and composer whose extensive work includes jazz and contemporary composition, and music for film, theatre, and a variety of ensembles. Johnston has composed scores for some classic films from the silent era including Faust (1926), Page of Madness (1926) and short films by Georges Méliès.

Phillip Johnston - red background, wearing a hat

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