Reiniger's film Cinderella, is a take on the fairy tale. The film uses the silent film principles of narration by frames containing written dialogue and storylines.
|Fig 1: Lotte Reiniger|
Reiniger originally studied acting with director Max Reinhardt. She then collaborated with an experimental animation studio at the age of 20 where she brought to life, her silhouette art that was popular in Indonesia and China.
|Fig 2: A Still From Cinderella (1922)|
These fairytales are not the standard Walt Disney stories. Reiniger adopted most of her stories from The Grimm Fairytales. As a result, they have a certain darkness to them and are, in some cases, a bit disturbing and gory.
|Fig 3: A Still From Aladin And The Magic Lamp (1954)|
This style of animation is unrivaled by anyone else. In the opening scene of Cinderella (1922), the character, Cinderella is created using a pair of scissors out of raw material. This is a great catalyst to the imagination of the audience and shows beautifully, how a character is brought to life via the art of animation. As reviewer Dan North states, "Animated figures provide archetypal rather than definitive renderings of fairytale characters, and particularly in Reiniger’s monochromatic stories, the images allow space for the viewer’s imagination to fill in the gaps"North, Dan. (2009). Spectacular Attractions: Film in All Its Forms.Lotte Reiniger's Cinderella (1922).
North, Dan. (2009). Spectacular Attractions: Film in All Its Forms.Lotte Reiniger's Cinderella (1922). At: http://drnorth.wordpress.com/2009/10/20/lotte-reinigers-cinderella-1922/
Cronin, Sarah. (2008). Electric Sheep: A Deviant View of Cinema. Lotte Reiniger's Fairy Tale Films. At: http://www.electricsheepmagazine.co.uk/reviews/2008/12/02/lotte-reinigers-fairy-tale-films/
Cummings, Doug. (2008). Movie Mail: The Quality Film Shop. Lotte Reiniger: The Fairy Tale Films. At: http://www.moviemail-online.co.uk/film/dvd/Lotte-Reiniger-The-Fairy-Tale-Films/
Fig 1: Reiniger, Lotte. (c Unknown). At: http://lolitasclassics.blogspot.co.uk/2009/06/lotte-reiniger-1899-1981.html
Fig 2: Reiniger, Lotte. (1922). Cinderella. At: http://www.flickr.com/photos/danrn/4015363042/sizes/m/in/photostream/
Fig 3: Reiniger, Lotte. (1954). Aladin And The Magic Lamp. At: http://www.flickr.com/photos/30214152@N06/5408461542/sizes/z/in/photostream/