Prince Achmed

The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Saturday, Apr 22 7:00pm

Tickets: $15, available online

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) is the oldest surviving full-length animated film.

Based on stories from “The Arabian Nights.” A wicked sorcerer tricks Prince Achmed into riding a magical flying horse. The heroic prince is able to subdue the magical horse, which he uses to fly off to many adventures. While travelling, he falls in love with the beautiful Princess Pari Banu, and must defeat an army of demons to win her heart. The entire film is animated using the silhouette technique, which employs movable cardboard and metal cutouts posed in front of illuminated sheets of glass.

Though this is well before technicolor, the film is colored – or rather tinted – to depict emotion against the silhouettes. Musical accompaniment is provided on instruments from around the world by David Alderdice, Daniel Be, Cait Pope and Ben Bentele.

Genre: Kids & family, Fantasy, Animation
Director: Lotte Reiniger, Karl Koch
Writer: Lotte Reiniger
Runtime: 1h 0min

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