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The Adventures of Prince Achmed

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The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Lotte Reiniger, 1926

Zoom: Family Film Festival

Each year the Wex brings families and film fans a long weekend of incredible movies for all ages: fiction and documentary, live action and animation, features and shorts, American-made and international, contemporary and classic. Fun activities and events are also part of the schedule, often involving special guests, hands-on projects, and even tasty refreshments.

Sat, Dec 5, 2009 4:15 PM

Beautiful and mesmerizing, The Adventures of Prince Achmed was the first full-length animated film.

Taken from The Arabian Nights, the story features a Prince who calls upon Aladdin, the Witch of the Fiery Mountain, and a magic horse to help him win the hand of the Princess. Director Lotte Reiniger crafted the elegant animation from delicate hand-cut silhouettes based on Indonesian shadow puppets. Whimsical, intricate, enchanting, and visually stunning, this completely “hand-made” film will charm all ages and audiences. The film will be shown in a version with a new orchestral recording of the magnificent 1926 score by Wolfgang Zeller.

Recommended for ages 4 and up. (67 mins., video)

A Note to Grown-ups
The age recommendation listed above is very general. If you would like to discuss the specifics of this film before viewing it with your child, please call Jean Pitman, educator for youth programs, at (614) 292-4614.

Especially for Teachers and Schools
Bring your class to a school-day screening of selected films from festival. Click here to see the schedule.

Prince Achmed