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Directed by Lotte Reiniger • 1935 • Germany
An example of Lotte Reiniger’s animated music films based on opera, PAPAGENO is filled with impeccable attention to detail. Papageno, a bird catcher from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” idles away the time with his avian companions, fights an undulating snake, and finds love and family happiness through delicate and delightful visuals that parallel the rhythm and expressivity of the music.