The Adventures of Prince Achmed (Live Soundtrack)



Main Auditorium


Sun 28 May 19:15

Sunday 28 May, 7:15

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The Adventures of Prince Achmed

With live soundtrack by Sink

We are delighted to be bringing this very unique screening and live music performance to Hidden Door.

Dating from 1926, Lotte Reiniger’s stunning paper-cut Arabian Nights is the world’s oldest surviving feature animation.

The dashing Prince Achmed saves a lovely damsel from evil witches and mythical beasts, as well as discovering Aladdin’s lamp, all in the primitive but intriguing silhouette style of animation which Reiniger herself developed. Only one copy remained in existence until Reiniger supervised the striking of newly tinted negatives in the early ’70s.

Edinburgh-based acoustic trio Sink have created a specially commissioned, magical swirling soundscape of strings, voices, drums, bells, accordion and winds anchored by the electric bass and looper which they will perform as a live accompaniment to the the film in what promises to be a very special fusion of sound and vision.

Beautiful and innovative — age only adds to its brilliance and charm (Empire Magazine)

Even with the knowledge that the figures are made from simple pieces of cards and tricks of light, there is a magical splendour to her animations (Electric Sheep)

Photo of Sink by Alice Myers