Five masters of stop-motion animation
June 12, 2018 at 6:00AM
Shorts by Lotte Reiniger
Seven animated shorts by the filmmaker—a master (and perhaps the sole practitioner) of an elaborate form of cutout animation in which silhouetted characters perform before filigreed backgrounds: Harlequin (1931), The Stolen Heart (1934), Papageno (1935), The Magic Horse (1953), and three shorts from 1954, The Gallant Little Tailor, The Frog Prince, and Snow White and Red Rose. —Dave Kehr Heaven and Earth Magic
Harry Smith, one of the greatest filmmakers of the American avant-garde, was a legendary eccentric: a painter, art collector, amateur anthropologist, and folk-music anthologist whose pioneering animations offer original, mind-altering visions.