The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Milestone Films

We have had the fortunate pleasure to be working on the Blu-ray production of The Adventures of Prince Achmed, which has gained a certain amount of fame, being really the first full-length animated film in the history of the cinema. It was produced between 1923 and 1926 in Germany by Lotte Reiniger.
Lotte Reiniger was born June 2, 1899 in Berlin-Charlottenburg, and is today regarded as the creator of the silhouette film. With more than forty silhouette films to her name — she died in Germany on June 19, 1981.
The Adventures of Prince Achmed's negative was destroyed in the battle of Berlin, 1945. But the British Film Institute had made a second negative when the film was shown in London — and so — after a long period — the film being silent, was not to be shown but in 1972 a revival was planned.
After a painstaking process the restoration was completed by the Frankfurt Filmmuseum and tinted and printed by L'immagine ritrovata in Bologna.

Rocco and His Brothers

Milestone Films

We also had the distinct pleasure of authoring the DVD and Blu-ray release of Rocco and His Brothers for Milestone Films. Here are the comments from Martin Scorsese.

Rocco and His Brothers is one of the most sumptuous black-and-white pictures I’ve ever seen: the images, shot by the great Giuseppe Rotunno, are pearly, elegant and lustrous — it’s like a simultaneous continuation and development of neorealism. Thanks to Gucci and The Film Foundation and our friends at the Cineteca di Bologna, Luchino Visconti’s masterpiece can be experienced once again in all its fearsome beauty and power.”
— Martin Scorsese, Founder and Chair, The Film Foundation

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