Carmen seduces a soldier. She takes him home to the Gypsy camp, and while he sleeps, she steals his clothes and weapons. She trades them for an elegant dress, but even with fine clothes, ... See full summary »
Sisif, a railwayman, and his son Elie fall in love with the beautiful Norma (who Sisif rescued from a train crash when a baby and raised as his daughter), with tragic results. Originally ... See full summary »
Gabriel de Gravone
With King Ranjit visiting him, King Sohat sees an opportunity to kill his young cousin and take over his kingdom. One of Sohat's henchmen fells Ranjit with a poisoned arrow, making it look ... See full summary »
In documentary style, events in Petrograd are re-enacted from the end of the monarchy in February of 1917 to the end of the provisional government and the decrees of peace and of land in ... See full summary »
Sergei M. Eisenstein
Based on stories from "The Arabian Nights." 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 travelling, he falls in love with the beautiful Princess Pari Banu, and must defeat an army of demons to win her heart. The entire film is animated using the silhouette technique, which employs movable cardboard and metal cutouts posed in front of illuminated sheets of glass.Written by
One of the earliest feature-length animated films (only two Argentinean films, both now lost, may predate it). See more »
Prince Achmed was young and brave and not afraid of any adventure.
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In 2001, Primrose Film Productions Ltd. copyrighted a version restored by Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt am Main (1998-1999) from various archive materials. Released by Milestone Films and shown on Turner Classics Movies in 2003, the film has a new music version of the original score produced by Klaus-Peter Beyer performed by Deutches Filmorchester Babelsberg, and conducted by Helmut Imig. Milestone's release runs 65 minutes plus about 1 minute of introductory comments and restoration credits. A fascinating account of the restoration is available online at http://www.fiafnet.org/pdf/uk/fiaf61.pdf See more »
Great animated film! And the first full-length animated film, too!
I caught this film on TCM a few nights back. Wasn't sure what to expect, but I was totally floored. It's a silhouette animated film, as opposed to cel animation like Snow White, but it shows incredible craftsmanship and detail. The music is awesome, too! Very stirring, very evocative of a classical score rather than a typical movie score.
The story is based on parts of The Arabian Nights, I presume (act 4 is devoted to Aladdin and the Magic Lamp). This film is far superior to the Disney Aladdin a few years back, no contest. The story is about a Prince who falls in love with a magical princess and has to go through a series of trials to win her. In his way are an evil sorcerer, a magical gate, and hordes of dark creatures. The film isn't too long (just over one hour), but it is thrilling from start to finish. I don't know if it's available on DVD, but it's absolutely worth catching (and definitely recording!) on TV. TCM is the best bet to find it.
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