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The Adventures of Prince Achmed



The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Lotte Reiniger, 1926

Zoom: Family Film Festival

Zoom is Columbus’s only annual celebration of family entertainment from around the world. Enjoy fresh and engaging films for all ages, plus free activities—our morning cereal and pajama party, an ice cream social, and more!

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


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