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    Directed by Lotte Reiniger • 1931 • Germany

    Lotte Reiniger had already completed her full-length masterpiece THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED when she made this animated tale of romance. A love story set to a baroque score, HARLEQUIN is a delicate black-and-white ballet rendered through exquisite...

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    Directed by Lotte Reiniger • 1934 • Germany

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