The Adventures of Prince Achmed
The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1926
DVD Release Date: December 3, 2002
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

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

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

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

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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.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader


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David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

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

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Eleanor McKeown
Electric Sheep

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.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

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

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TV Guide

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.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
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… More
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… More
Randy Tippy
A reconstructed bit of animation that's tremendously entertaining and historically significant. Lotte Reiniger is a largely overlooked pioneer in the… More
Alex Figueroba
The birth of animation cinema.
Stella Dallas
gorgeous reconstruction of one of the first known animated films, a german expressionist masterpiece based on tales of the arabian nights. made entirely with… More
Emily B.
An amazing film with an amazing animation technique. It's hard to believe that such an enchanting film was created with nothing but black paper, scissors… More