The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Our first special event of 2020 would have taken place on the 21st of March in Pand P, Eindhoven. On this night, the silent silhouette/shadow/animation film THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED would have been shown and musically accompanied LIVE. However, due to the corona virus, we’ve decided to cancel the event – and move it to a later date.

After five years of intense manual labor, German filmmaker Lotte Reiniger finished the beautiful animation film THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED. She’d cut out figures, towers, animals and entire landscapes, photographed them, one frame at a time (also called the ‘stop motion technique’).

Her team involved other avant-garde artists who’d later become famous themselves: Walter Ruttmann would make the documentary-silent film BERLIN: SYMPHONY OF A GREAT CITY (1927), Berthold Bartosch would push the boundaries of animation further with THE IDEA (1932), which starred a naked woman as the main character, and Carl Koch remained very active within the movie industry until 1954, as director, cameraman, writer and producer.

THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED is not the oldest animated film ever that has survived (that honor goes to GERTIE THE DINOSAUR from 1914), it is however the oldest surviving feature length animation. The film is based on the folk tales of One Thousand and One Nights, so we’re witnessing flying horses, extremely long snakes, people transforming into animals and vice versa, and of course Aladdin with his magic lamp.

We would have shown the film on Saturday, March 21, 2020, but unfortunately we’ve had to cancel the event, due to the corona virus. We will move the film to a later, yet to be determined date. Check this page or sign up for our newsletter (which is both in Dutch and English) for new information.

 

THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED
GER, 1926
65 minutes
Director: Lotte Reiniger