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The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed

Directed by Lotte Reiniger
Germany, 1926
Animation, Adventure, Fantasy


Taken from The Arabian Nights, the film tells the story of a wicked sorcerer who tricks Prince Achmed into mounting a magical flying horse and sends the rider off on a flight to his death. But the prince foils the magician’s plan, and soars headlong into a series of wondrous adventures…

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The Adventures of Prince Achmed Directed by Lotte Reiniger

Critics reviews

There’s no denying that this art form [silhouettes], originating as far back as the 1st millennium BC with traditional shadow puppetry, is as complex in the way it’s created and the reactions it can evoke as it is simple in how it might appear to the casual observer… THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED is not just a prime example of the art form, but it also has the distinction of being the oldest surviving feature-length animation, a consequence worthy of Reiniger’s achievement.
September 15, 2017
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With its gorgeously moody color tinting—between cuts, backgrounds leap from red to green to blue and back again—the film looks more peculiarly incandescent than others of the period. The faceless yet expressively mobile characters, which prance and sometimes morph their bodies against elegantly designed settings, give the film a rich eeriness; it’s as though we’re being privileged to see something primitive, like an early magic lantern show.
August 12, 2013
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