The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)
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Critic Reviews for The Adventures of Prince Achmed
It may not be exactly new to perceive silhouette figures on the screen, but it is quite another matter as they are offered here.
It impresses for its exquisite craftmanship, balletic movement, expressive romanticism and moments of potent sensuousness and poetry.
The images, most of them gorgeously detailed silhouettes, are dazzling.
Beautiful and innovative -- age only adds to its brilliance and charm.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Adventures of Prince Achmed
Having the distinction of being the first animated feature, "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" has a lot to offer for film history. The fact that it has quality to it to back it up is in itself, impressive. Silhouette animation, the film is comprised of it all throughout. It's an impressive technique to look at, especially for those who truly love animation, though it is noticeable that it is one that is hard to work with. The filmmakers behind this clearly knew how to use it in a way that made it stunning to look at, there is a high amount of detail in the settings, the people making it, must have gone crazy throughout it, it is that impressive. The character designs are well done enough to differentiate the characters enough to know who is who most of the time, unfortunately, there are certain sequences where it goes so quick, or gets to crowded that it becomes confusing, though it never gets beyond a minor issue. "Achmed's" pacing never goes bad, but it does at times feel like ten more minutes would have helped it. It has a simple story, evil magician messes with prince prince must save day, prince falls in love, and finally prince wins, it is pretty predictable, but it is still good for a fun time, as well as just to look at this rarely used animation technique. "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" is a fun little piece of film and animation history, though it may not be too interesting for those who are not a fan of animation.
This movie is visually amazingly cool, and I'm glad I finally watched this movie on Netflix, of course the story is a classic tale, so of course it has a predictable ending, but other than that, it's really cool and if you like animated movies I highly recommend this one, it's very unique.
A reconstructed bit of animation that's tremendously entertaining and historically significant. Lotte Reiniger is a largely overlooked pioneer in the evolution of cinema. Its good to see her work so painstakingly revived for new generations to enjoy.
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