The Adventures of Prince Achmed

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Released 1926

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The Adventures of Prince Achmed

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Director:
Lotte Reiniger
Released:
1926
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The Adventures of Prince Achmed is often considered the first full-length animated film in cinematic history. It was released in 1926 after a highly experimental, three-year production on the part of German animator Lotte Reiniger. The film tells the story of Prince Achmed based on the collection 1001 Arabian Nights, particularly "The Story of Prince Achmed and the Fairy Paribanou". To test his mettle and win the hand of Princess Pari Banu, Achmed must embark on a quest to recover the magic lamp of legend from an evil African sorcerer. With the aid of Aladdin, a magic horse, and the Witch of the Fiery Mountain, Achmed travels the Arabian desert overcome the sorcerer's army and any obstacle that stands in his way. The silent film is well remembered for its pioneering visual style. Reiniger animates using poseable cut-out silhouettes on an illuminated backdrop. German composer Wolfgang Zeller provides the film's fanciful score.

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Fairy Tales & Fables, Foreign Language, Classics