Thursday, 2 June 2016

Lotte Reiniger

A grand Google Doodle today for the... 117th birthday of Lotte Reiniger, pioneer of silhouette animation going back to the silent film era and on for over sixty years.

The silent era was the Gold Rush of filmmaking with all kinds of people trying all kinds of ideas - she did her first animation when Paul Wegener found he could not rats to play their part in The Pied Piper Of Hamelin, and was able to make her first feature film because a friend had bought a lot of film stock during the Weimar hyperinflation panic.

There has to be a story there... perhaps presented as a shadow play...

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