The Adventures of Prince Achmed with Cultural Historian Marina Warner

7/23/2018; 50 minutes

Novelist, critic and cultural historian Marina Werner and Peter Bloom (Film and Media Studies, UCSB) engage Lotte Reiniger's The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) from several angles. They discuss the film's astounding technical craft, Reiniger's addition of feminist perspectives to the narrative, and the film's relation to both the Arabian classic 1001 Nights and the French translation/adaptation of that work. Werner and Bloom discuss Reiniger's relationship to the source material and provide rich historical details about early-twentieth century relations between Europe and what was then called "the Orient." Recorded on 05/02/2018. (#33756)

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