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
No prints of the original German version are known to exist and as such the film was long available only in black and white. It was only thanks to a color copy with English intertitles from the National Film and Television Archive of the British Film Institute that the film was able to be reconstructed and restored in 1999, using the Desmet method. See more »
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 »
A really superb animated film, quite amazing for its time, I think. Delightful!
An African sorcerer tries to sell a flying horse he has created or conjured up to a Caliph. He hopes perhaps to have the Caliph's daughter. That being unlikely, he lets the Prince try the horse out, without explaining how it works. Thus, the Prince goes up to soaring heights, and by the time he figures it out, he's found the magical island of Wak-Wak where he half-kidnaps, half-saves a Princess there. They go to China, he meets Aladdin, there's lots of charming adventures, some of them perhaps scary for kids (giant snakes, demons, the Sorcerer, etc.).
It's done with silhouettes, black cut-outs against white (or tinted) backgrounds, though the backgrounds are also filled with silhouettes too. Some of them are very intricate, and there is also a fair amount of attention to detail, like creating rippled reflections in water.
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