In Focus: The Poetics of Cinema
In Focus lecture/screening, special admission applies
Judith Rosenberg on piano
In a talk on the poetics of cinema, Robert Beavers will discuss some of the influences he has drawn from film and the other arts. He will introduce an excerpt from Lotte Reiniger’s The Adventures of Prince Achmed, and address aesthetic concerns in two of his films: Work Done, in which images of old-world customs are juxtaposed with the male form and urban scenes; and Ruskin, which foregrounds Beavers’s love of literature, architecture, and landscape—much of the film is shot in the environs of Venice, London, and the Swiss Alps.
Films in this Screening
The Adventures of Prince Achmed
(Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed)
Lotte Reiniger, Germany, 1926
One of the world’s first animated feature films, Lotte Reiniger’s enchanting work uses intricate silhouettes made from cutout cardboard and thin sheets of lead, an animation technique she invented, to enact a tale from The Arabian Nights. The film tells the story of a wicked sorcerer who tricks Prince Achmed into mounting a magical flying horse. What follows is a series of wondrous adventures. “It impresses for its exquisite craftsmanship, balletic movement, expressive romanticism, and moments of potent sensuousness and poetry” (Wally Hammond, Time Out).
Early Monthly Segments (excerpt)
Robert Beavers, Italy, Switzerland, 1972/1999
Robert Beavers, Italy, Switzerland, 1975/1997