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The Adventures of Prince Achmed
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THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED

Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed

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

Synopsis

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…

Synopsis

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…

Our take

The oldest surviving feature-length cartoon, Prince Achmed is the glittering gift of one Lotte Reiniger, a pioneer of the cut-out animation film. Her silhouette technique—evoking the old-world magic of shadow puppetry—renders this visually sumptuous milestone one of cinema’s greatest fairy tales.