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Metro Art Presents: The Adventures of Prince Achmed

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Union Station Los Angeles

800 N Alameda St

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Metro Art Los Angeles is pleased to present “The Adventures of Prince Achmed,” (1926, 66 min, Dir. Lotte Reigniger) as the next installment of our animated film series at Union Station.

Friday, November 1 from 8:00 – 10:00pm (Doors at 7:30pm)
Historic Union Station Ticketing Hall
Special guest introduction by artist, animation director and filmmaker, Lyndon J Barrois.

Watch the innovative, award-winning animation film “The Prince of Achmed,” set to a live musical performance by the Gamelan Merdu Kumala!

This screening is free and open to the public.
Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lotte Reiniger (1899-1981) was a master of the animated shadow-puppet film, a stop-motion technique inspired by the theatrical shadow-plays originating in ancient China, India and the Middle East. “The adventures of Prince Achmed” tells the story of an African sorcerer, who is simultaneously a powerful magician and the ugliest person in the world. He falls madly in love with the beautiful daughter of the Caliph of Baghdad, the princess Dinarsade. The sorcerer uses his power of the magic arts to create a wooden horse that can fly and uses it to fly to Baghdad embarking on a magical adventure.

This series examines different animation techniques that have paved the way for the genre.

In nearly 70 films, made over a period of sixty years, Reiniger’s sensitive hands and flashing scissors fashioned distinctive, evocative characters from thinly rolled lead and cardboard hinged together by wire joints. Reiniger’s cutout shadow-figures were then laid flat upon levels of glass and translucent backgrounds lit from below, and manipulated incrementally by her hands, frame- by-frame, beneath the gaze of a movie camera.

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From helping shape groundbreaking CGI visual effects on The Matrix Trilogy to directing sequences of the Oscar-winning Happy Feet, Lyndon Barrois’ thirty-plus year career in art and animation is marked by a practice in many corners of the field.

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NEXT IN THE SERIES:
Friday, November 15
Metro Art Presents: Waking Life

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PARKING / DIRECTIONS:
Union Station is accessible via Metro Rail, Metro Bus and several municipal bus lines. Use the Trip Planner at metro.net for routes and connections. Car and bicycle parking are also available on site.

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METRO ART PRESENTS:
Metro Art Presents showcases an exciting array of arts and cultural programs at historic Union Station. All events are free and open to the public. For more information: unionstationla.com
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