Film Series : Making 'Em Move: A History of Animation

The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed

1926, Lotte Reiniger, Germany, 67 min.

Show Times

  • Sat, Sep 16th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Sep 19th 6:00pm

"A nifty precursor to PRINCESS MONONOKE...ACHMED has the scary symmetry of a Rorschach test and the strange eroticism typically reserved for the Valentino silents of that era.” — Wesley Morris, San Francisco Examiner.

This enchanting, beautifully color-tinted Arabian Nights fantasy is often cited as the first animated feature film, made eleven years before Disney’s SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS. Lotte Reiniger's trademark silhouette-animation techniques, together with gorgeous filigreed set and costume design, embellish the exotic tale of an Arabian prince, an evil sorcerer, a flying horse, and a captured princess. Silent film with recorded orchestration of the original 1926 score by Wolfgang Zeller. DCP digital. (MR)

Tuesday, September 19: Lecture by film historian Donald Crafton, Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame.

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