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Encyclopedia > The Adventures of Prince Achmed
Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed

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Directed by Lotte Reiniger
Written by Lotte Reiniger
Cinematography Carl Koch
Distributed by Comenius-Film GmbH
Release date(s) July 1926 (France)
Running time 65 minutes
(at 24 fps)
Country Weimar Republic
Language German
Preceded by Aschenputtel
Followed by The Chinese Nightingale
IMDb profile

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (German: Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed) (Arabic: مغامرات الامير احمد‎) is a 1926 feature-length animated film by the German animator Lotte Reiniger. It is the oldest surviving feature-length animated film (two earlier films were made in Argentina by Quirino Cristiani, but they are considered lost[1]), and it featured a silhouette animation technique Reiniger had invented which involved manipulated cutouts made from cardboard and thin sheets of lead under a camera. The technique he used for the camera is similar to Wayang shadow puppets. The original prints featured color tinting. The story is based on the elements taken from the collection 1001 Arabian Nights, specifically The Story of Prince Ahmed and the Fairy Paribanou featured in Andrew Lang's The Blue Fairy Book. With the assistance of Aladdin, the Witch of the Fiery Mountain, and a magic horse, the title character battles the evil African sorcerer to win the hand of Princess Peri Banu. Image File history File links PrinzenAchmedTitle. ... Charlotte Reiniger (June 2, 1899 - June 19, 1981) was a German and later British silhouette animator. ... Charlotte Reiniger (June 2, 1899 - June 19, 1981) was a German and later British silhouette animator. ... Year 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar). ... Anthem: Das Lied der Deutschen The Länder of Germany during the Weimar Republic, with the Free State of Prussia (Freistaat Preußen) as the largest Capital Berlin Language(s) German Government Republic President  - 1919-1925 Friedrich Ebert  - 1925-1933 Paul von Hindenburg Chancellor  - 1919 Philipp Scheidemann  - 1933 Adolf Hitler... Arabic ( or just ), is the largest member of the family of Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family (classification: South Central Semitic) and is closely related to Hebrew, Amharic, and Aramaic. ... Year 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar). ... Animation refers to the process in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Charlotte Reiniger (June 2, 1899 - June 19, 1981) was a German and later British silhouette animator. ... Quirino Cristiani (July 2, 1896 - August 2, 1984) was an Argentine animation director and cartoonist, responsible for the worlds first two animated feature films as well as the first animated feature film with sound. ... Silhouette animation is one of many forms of stop motion and is also a simplified variation of graphic animation, which involves the frame-by-frame moving of cut out graphic shapes. ... Wayang is an Indonesian word for theater. ... An example of light amber tinting and blue toning. ... (Redirected from 1001 Arabian Nights) The Book of One Thousand and One Nights (كتاب ألف ليلة و ليلة in Arabic or هزار و یک شب in Persian), also known as The book of a... In the Arabian Nights, Ahmed is a prince, noted for a magic tent which would expand so as to shelter an army, and contract so that it could go into ones pocket. ... For the former National Basketball Association player, see Andrew Lang (basketball). ... Rumpelstiltskin from The Blue Fairy Book, by Henry J. Ford Andrew Langs Fairy Books are a twelve-book series of fairy tale collections. ...

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Restoration

No original German nitrate prints of the film are known to still exist. While the original film featured color tinting, prints available just prior to the restoration had all been in black and white. Working from surviving nitrate prints, German and British archivists have restored the film including adding back the original tinted backgrounds of delicate pastels. Nitrocellulose Nitrocellulose Nitrocellulose (also: cellulose nitrate, flash paper) is a highly flammable compound formed by nitrating cellulose through, for example, exposure to nitric acid or another powerful nitrating agent. ... A black-and-white portrait. ...


Availability

The film is screened fairly often on Turner Classic Movies. English-market DVDs are available, NTSC R1 (from Image) and PAL R2 (from the BFI). Both versions of the DVD are identical. They feature both an English-subtitled version (the intertitles are in German) and an English voice-over. Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a cable television channel featuring commercial-free classic movies, mostly from the Turner Entertainment and Warner Bros. ... The references in this article would be clearer with a different and/or consistent style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with DVD-Video. ... Image Entertainment is a major home video and television distribution company that has handled digital media distribution of television programs, public domain and copyrighted feature films, and music concerts. ... For other uses, see PAL (disambiguation). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with DVD-Video. ... The British Film Institute (BFI) is a charitable organisation established by Royal Charter to encourage the development of the arts of film, television and the moving image throughout the United Kingdom, to promote their use as a record of contemporary life and manners, to promote education about film, television and...


Gallery

Scenes from the tinted version of the film on DVD:

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See also

This is a list of animated feature-length films from around the world organised chronologically by year; theatrical releases as well as made-for-TV and direct-to-video movies. ... The period of the Weimar Republic (1919-1933) between the fall of the German Empire and the rise of the Third Reich is considered an early renaissance in world cinema, with many influential and important films being made. ... This is a list of stop-motion films from around the world organised in order of release date; theatrical releases as well as made-for-TV and direct-to-video movies. ...

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  Results from FactBites:
 
The Adventures of Prince Achmed (704 words)
The Adventures Of Prince Achmed follows the relatively simple tale of a prince who is tricked by a sorcerer to ride a flying horse to his death.
Once she is persuaded by his charm they try to return to the prince's home, battling ogres, the evil sorcerer and all matter of magical challenges, helped only by a benevolent witch and Aladdin.
What makes Prince Achmed so impressive is the way in which it was made, not to mention being an independent production and almost entirely the creative work of one woman – no mean feat in 1926.
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