The Adventures of Prince Achmed
The Adventures of Prince Achmed (Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed, 1926) is one of the best known films that uses a silhouette animation technique, in which cutout figures come to life through the remarkable color prismatic manipulation of light. The story of the film is based on the “Tale of the Magic Horse” from The Arabian Nights. It features an evil sorcerer who tricks Prince Achmed into mounting a magical flying horse that kidnaps its rider by flight to a faraway land. But the prince foils the evil plan and soars headlong into a series of wondrous adventures, joining forces with Aladdin and the Witch of the Flaming Mountains, doing battle with the evil sorcerer’s army of monsters and demons, and falling in love with the beautiful Princess Pari Banu.
Novelist, critic and cultural historian Marina Warner will join moderator Peter Bloom (Film and Media Studies, UCSB) for a post-screening discussion.