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Scene from "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" (photo courtesy of Filmmuseum Berlin/Deutsche Kinemathek)

A wicked sorcerer tricks Prince Achmed into riding a magical flying horse. The heroic prince is able to subdue the magical horse, which he uses to fly off to many adventures. While traveling, he falls in love with the beautiful Princess Peri Banu and must defeat an army of demons to win her heart.

THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED is animated using the silhouette technique, which employs movable cardboard and metal cutouts posed in front of illuminated sheets of glass.

Lotte Reiniger was born in 1899 in Berlin and died in 1981. A trained silhouette artist, she entered the film business with Paul Wegener's Rattenfaenger von Hameln (1918). With her numerous shorts, she created the new genre of silhouette films. The Adventures of Prince Achmed (Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed, 1923-1926) was the result of three years of work and became the first animated feature in film history. A selection of her other films include: Cinderella (Aschenputtel, 1922), three parts of Dr. Dolittle and His Animals (Dr. Dolittle und seine Tiere, 1928), Harlequin (1931), Carmen (1933), Papageno (1935), The Gallant Little Tailor (Das tapfere Schneiderlein, 1954), The Grasshopper and the Ant (Der Heuschreck und die Ameise, 1954), Jack and the Beanstalk (1955), The Lost Son (Der verlorene Sohn, 1974), and Aucassin and Nicolette (1976).
Genre Art, Literature
Category Feature
Year of Production 1926
Director Lotte Reiniger
Screenplay Lotte Reiniger
Wolfgang Zeller, Freddie Philipps
Walther Ruttmann, Berthold Bartosch, Alexander Kardan, Walter Tuerck, Lore Leidesdorff
Animation Lotte Reiniger
Producer Louis Hagen
Production Company Comenius-Film/Berlin
Length 65 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Original Version
Festivals Zlín 2015
German Distributor Primrose Film Productions/Munich