Lotte Reiniger 1926

The above video clip has been deleted due to copyright issues. The film however can be bought through the British Film Institute online at the following link.

The film took three years to make. Animated entirely using cut-out silhouettes, Lotte Reiniger along with her husband Carl Koch, Walter Ruttmann, Alexander Kardan and Berthold Bartosch had constructed a multi-plane camera stand in order to shoot the images. Some of techniques used had never been implemented before and were the fruit of often weeks of experimentation. It is the first animated feature length film and demonstrates a firm creative independance from the more typical ‘cartoon’ creations of the era.

>>> Further info + some beautiful plates.

>>> The Little Chimney Sweep. Lotte Reiniger, 1954.

>>> Article by William Moritz.