Adventures of Prince Achmed [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Sadly, much of Reiniger's unique work, including the original negative of this film, was destroyed in Berlin at the end of World War II. However, a nitrate positive had been preserved in the archives of the BFI (British Film Insitute) and, in 1999, 100 years after the birth of Reiniger, new prints were made from it and the original film restored. Fortunately too, Wolfgang Zeller's original music score had been preserved in the Library of Congress, Washington.
To this day it remains timeless, classic, sophisticated, poetic, delicate, magical... a defining example of the unique art of animation.
What makes Achmed still unique 88 years later is animation entirely composed of cutout silhouettes. The result was one of the silent era’s most enchanting and captivating films. It is also a lucid reminder that the medium of film was at its most innovative in its infancy, before the rules were set and the mediums defined.
Reiniger lucked into a patron for her artistic efforts: Louis Hagen supplied her with enough film stock and financing to proceed with her project. Using scissors and black construction paper as her primary tools, Reiniger spent three years meticulously working in an attic on Achmed with a small crew that included her husband/cinematographer, Koch.
Influenced in part by Georges Méliès and Arabian Nights, Reiniger created a world of sensuous, exquisitely detailed beauty. The film has an almost surprisingly coherent and linear narrative, given that Reiniger was embraced by the European avant-garde. Unfortunately, the director had difficulty booking Achmed, and with the exception of Dr. Doolittle And His Animals (1928), the rest of her career was relegated to short films. There was work on a third feature, to be based on Maurice Ravel’s enchanting opera, “L’Enfant et les Sortilèges”; unfortunately, rights to the music could not be secured and the film was abandoned.Read more ›
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This is so magical. Watching this I felt the same way I felt as a child being read Roald Dahl. All the imagination and love that went into making this shines through.Published 9 months ago by Monsieur Tarzan
It was amazing what Lotte Reiniger could do, with such commitment to her painstaking craft of animated film making. Read morePublished 18 months ago by an acquaintance
This certainly lived up to expectations. If you've an interest in early cinema, and animation, then this is a fantastic watch. Read morePublished on 15 Feb. 2014 by G. Cartmel
A unique bit of animation history. The story telling shows its age but still something magical. Something to rewatch over the years.Published on 30 Jan. 2014 by walton
Classic full length animated film from the dawn of cinema.
A silent classic that still has the ability to impress.
This is a great dvd, my 8 year old grand son loved it and we all did too. We have watched it many times. It is a wonderful story beautifully animated. Read morePublished on 25 Nov. 2011 by moonface
This is an extraordinary piece of work. All modern children should see it, as an example of what can be done with paper, scissors, imagination and patience. Read morePublished on 17 Sept. 2011 by Patricia