Cinema Center presents animated ‘Prince Achmed’

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Cinema Center will complete the season’s Sound &Shadow silent film series with the first animated feature film, “The Adventures of Prince Achmed.”

The screening will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Cinema Center, 437 E. Berry St., Fort Wayne. General admission is $15; members and students pay $10. Tickets are available at cinemacenter.org. This screening will be accompanied by a live score from the duo Silbo Gomero. All proceeds benefit the musicians and Cinema Center. Artlink Contemporary Gallery will sponsor the screening.

Huntington University faculty member Steve Leeper will lead a discussion of the film and animation style at 6 p.m. in the Spectator Lounge.

“The Adventures of Prince Achmed” was directed by German director Lotte Reiniger, who spent three years making this silent animated film based on the Arabian Nights legends. “The dashing Prince Achmed saves a lovely damsel from evil witches and mythical beasts, as well as discovering Aladdin’s lamp, all in the beautiful silhouette style of animation which Reiniger herself developed,” Cinema Center said in a statement. The animated film was released in 1926, 11 years before Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

Silbo Gomero is Hope Arthur and Kurt Roembke. The two composers first heard each other’s work at the Fort Wayne Fringe Festival. Arthur had just founded the Hope Arthur Orchestra and was playing her debut album, and Roembke was performing a multimedia performance piece titled “Hunting For Mushrooms.” The two started composing together for live dance productions, film scores and other mediums, eventually taking on the name Silbo Gomero.

Fort Wayne Cinema Center Inc. is a not-for-profit society. To read more about its mission and to follow the schedule, visit cinemacenter.org.