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    The Adventures Of Prince Achmed (Les aventures du prince Ahmad) [Sub: Eng]

    German director Lotte Reiniger spent three years making this silent animated film based on the Arabian Nights legends. The dashing Prince Achmed saves a lovely damsel from evil witches and mythical beasts, as well as discovering Aladdin's lamp, all in the primitive but intriguing silhouette style of animation which Reiniger herself developed. The film's 65-minute running time gave it the distinction of being the first animated feature in the world, but only one copy remained in existence until Reiniger supervised the striking of newly tinted negatives in the early '70s.
    Country: Germany
    Duration: 81 min
    Quality: HD
    Release: 1926
    IMDb: 7.8
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  • Critic Reviews of "The Adventures Of Prince Achmed (Les aventures du prince Ahmad) [Sub: Eng]"

    New York Times
    August 19, 2014

    It may not be exactly new to perceive silhouette figures on the screen, but it is quite another matter as they are offered here.

    Chicago Reader
    August 19, 2014

    Enchanting.

    Time Out
    June 24, 2006

    It impresses for its exquisite craftmanship, balletic movement, expressive romanticism and moments of potent sensuousness and poetry.

    San Francisco Chronicle
    October 30, 2001

    The images, most of them gorgeously detailed silhouettes, are dazzling.

    Empire Magazine
    August 19, 2014

    Beautiful and innovative -- age only adds to its brilliance and charm.

    TV Guide
    August 19, 2014

    German filmmaker Lotte Reiniger's ground-breaking, silent, animated fantasy feature used cut-out paper silhouettes to tell a tale that combines pieces of several stories from The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights.

    Film4
    August 19, 2014

    Beautiful as it all is, considerable dedication is required to sit through an hour of monotone, flat silhouette animation. It's rewarding -- but the reward is hard earned.

    Electric Sheep
    August 19, 2014

    Even with the knowledge that the figures are made from simple pieces of cards and tricks of light, there is a magical splendour to her animations.

    Antagony & Ecstasy
    June 29, 2008

    More than eighty years later...it still looks like nothing you've ever seen.

    Combustible Celluloid
    May 26, 2006

    The Adventures of Prince Achmed deserves to be a landmark. And it would be if it were better known.

    Film Threat
    December 06, 2005

    That The Adventures of Prince Achmed still survives is a work of wonder equivalent to any rare treasure which Aladdin could rub out of his lamp.

    PopMatters
    January 13, 2003

    The Adventures of Prince Achmed is a vital part of film history.

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