Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

I first saw this film when I was 17 or so, on TCM's "Silent Sunday Nights"...and I was amazed. Based on "The Arabian Nights", this silent gem is the oldest existing feature-length animated film. All of the figures are made from black cardboard, cut-out by the filmmaker and animated with string. The final result is completely breathtaking and original animation, and the ornate details are extraordinary.

I really wish more people knew about this lovely film. It really has to be seen to be believed. Lucky for us all, The Adventures of Prince Achmed is currently streamable on Netflix! Take a sneak peek below!

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