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Adventures of Prince Achmed.


Hailed as the first full length animated movie, The Adventures of Prince Achmed follows a story based on Arabian Nights. Achmed is tricked by the evil African Sorcerer and finds himself in the land of the demons, where he falls in love with Peri Banu, the ruler of the demons. He tries to take her back to his homeland, but the sorcerer again tricks him and captures Peri, and sells her to the Chinese Emperor. Achmed escapes the sorcerers trap and saves Peri, only to have the demons come after him to retrieve their queen. The final epic battle decides Achmed's fate.
This movie was directed and created by Lotte Reiniger, and contains some of the more interesting stop animation that I have seen. All of the people, animals, and backgrounds are hand cut silhouttes that give the movie a very original feel. The cutouts are extremely detailed, with intricate clothing, hair, feathers, and all sorts of other flourishes. The animation, though jerky, is very interesting to watch, as the cutouts are extremely well made and articulate. Various special effects are created by either adding filters, distortion of the background, or superimposing things like smoke or fire. The music is extremely well done, and fits the movie perfectly. The original movie was filmed in 1926, but I watched the fully restored version. A very odd and beautiful animation.

8 out of 10.

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posted by javihyev
6:15 AM


Anonymous Jane said...

I need to watch that. That sounds interesting and the screen caps look cool.

November 1, 2007 at 6:43 PM  
Anonymous javihyev said...

im going to hold onto it unleast until i can put it on a dvd, so ill have it for a while.

also, are you elizabeth from fullphaser?

November 2, 2007 at 5:10 AM  

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