A silent film. Puppet and paper cut-out / silhouette animation.
One of the earliest feature-length animated films (only two Argentinean films, both now lost, may predate it).
Lotte Reiniger was renowned for her marvelous mastery of the silhouette film, a form employing back-lit paper cutouts and silhouetted figures.
The production of this film used an early version of a multiplane camera for many of the effects. Animation was achieved on multiple layers.
Released in 1931 with English intertitles as "The Adventures of Prince Achmed."
Based on A Thousand and One Arabian Nights, this film combined cutout animation, wax sculpture and striking design into a ground-breaking film.
Production lasted from 1923 to 1926.
Two leading avant-garde filmmakers of the era, Walter Ruttman and Berthold Bartosch, were among Reiniger’s assistants.
Wolfgang Zeller composed the original 1926 score.
Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed Production Information
Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.
English Title: "The Adventures of Prince Achmed."
Foreign Language Titles: "Les Aventures du Prince Ahmed (French)" and "Le Avventure del Principe Achmed (Italian)<\/span>."
- Jul, 1926- World Premiere (Paris)
- Sep 3, 1926- German Premiere (Berlin)
- Feb 26, 1931- US Premiere (New York)
- Jun 2, 1999- Restored Version
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