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Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed
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Release Date:
20 June 1929 (Japan) See more »
Plot:
A handsome prince rides a flying horse to far-away lands and embarks on magical adventures, which include befriending a witch, meeting Aladdin, battling demons and falling in love with a princess. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Lotte Reiniger 
Carl Koch (uncredited)
 
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Lotte Reiniger  uncredited

Original Music by
Wolfgang Zeller (original score)
 
Cinematography by
Carl Koch (director of photography) (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ulli Elfert .... sound engineer (2001 alternate version: Primrose Film Productions Ltd.)
Eberhard Leschin .... sound engineer (2001 alternate version: Primrose Film Productions Ltd.)
Michael Schubert .... sound director (2001 alternate version: Primrose Film Productions Ltd.)
 
Animation Department
Lotte Reiniger .... animator
Carl Koch .... animator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Nina Goslar .... commissioning editor (2001 alternate version)
 
Music Department
Klaus-Peter Beyer .... music producer (2001 alternate version)
Helmut Imig .... conductor: Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg (2001 alternate version)
Torsten Scholz .... orchestra leader: Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg (2001 alternate version)
 
Other crew
Berthold Bartosch .... collaborator (as Berthold Bartose)
Alexander Kardan .... collaborator
Carl Koch .... technical director
Walter Ruttmann .... collaborator (as Walther Ruttmann)
Walter Türk .... collaborator (uncredited)
 
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Also Known As:
"Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed" - Germany (original title)
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Runtime:
65 min (24 fps) | USA:66 min (2001 alternate version) | Germany:81 min (18 fps)
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Color:
Black and White (tinted and toned)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
UK:PG | USA:Not Rated | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Lotte Reiniger cut figures out of black cardboard with a pair of scissors, and joined movable parts with thread in order to animate them. In the years 1923-1926, about 250,000 frame-by-frame stills were made and 96,000 were used in the film. Her husband, Carl Koch, was responsible for the photography in all her films until his death in 1963.See more »
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Referenced in Aladdin (1992)See more »

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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
An Unusual Idea That Works Quite Well, 13 July 2004
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

The idea for "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" is unusual and interesting, and Lotte Reiniger uses it to create an enjoyable and distinctive feature. To make such a different approach work so well must have taken large amounts of both skill and patience, as well as the creativity to adapt the stories to the format.

The cutout-style animation that the feature uses ruled out a lot of options for the film-makers, and it put a premium on the careful design of the figures and on well-planned story-telling. At first, the plainness of the silhouette figures is somewhat apparent, but it's not long at all before the story is involving enough, and the animation creative enough, to give the characters and events plenty of life and energy.

The plot itself is taken from some of the old "Arabian Nights" tales, much of it from some of the less-familiar episodes. It is a good adaptation of the material, and the careful details in the outlines of the silhouette figures soon create an atmosphere that works even without colors or special visual tricks.

The style allows your own imagination to flesh out the characters, rather than providing an artist's depiction for every detail in the story. In this respect it makes an interesting contrast with the more usual kind of fantasy film that does try to make everything expressly visual. As soon as you get used to the style and concentrate on the story, it becomes quite interesting and at times even engrossing. Overall, it's an imaginative feature that works quite well.

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