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Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed (1926)

Germany 65m, B&W/tinted, Silent
Directors: Lotte Reiniger, Carl Koch (uncredited)

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)The Adventures of Prince Achmed is the earliest surviving feature-length animated film. A fairytale, adapted from the Arabian Nights, this is a beautifully crafted avant-garde stop motion production. At the centre of this adventure is a prince who soars to foreign lands on a magical flying horse where he meets and falls in love with the beautiful Princess Peri Banu who he attempts to bring back to his homeland. While the 2D animated cutout technique is simple, reminiscent of a magic lantern show, the style and effects, including colour tinting provide surprisingly sophisticated results (Klaus Ming December 2015).


2 comments on “Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed (1926)

  1. TSorensen

    This is indeed a surprisingly sophisticated production. I got a bit lost in the story, but the visual impression is just amazing.

    • Klaus

      I concur, and by about 40 mins it started to get a bit confusing, but I was still impressed by the technique.

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