The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed

Lotte ReinigerGermany65 minutes1926PGB&WGerman

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The first feature-length animated film ever made, Lotte Reiniger's exquisite fantasy was created through the filmmaker's painstaking silhouette-animation technique, which involved manipulating intricate paper cut-outs and shooting the entire film frame by frame. (The production took an arduous three years to complete.) Reiniger drew inspiration from an Arabian Nights story (drawn from The Blue Fairy Book, Andrew Lang's popular children's fairy tale collection) for this enchanting epic about a brave young prince who is tricked by a wicked sorcerer and winds up stranded in a distant land. Falling in love with a beautiful princess, he soon finds himself forced to defend her against the demons that plague the country. "[Still] impresses for its exquisite craftsmanship, balletic movement, expressive romanticism and moments of potent sensuousness and poetry" (Time Out London).

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