Film The Adventures of Prince Achmed

The Adventures of Prince Achmed, film still © Goethe-Institut

Mon, 09.04.2018

Wellington, Embassy Theatre

10 Kent Terrace

Director: Lotte Reiniger, 66 min., b/w and colour, 1923-26

On the day when in the city the birthday celebrations for the great caliph are being held, the powerful sorcerer appears and presents the marvel he has created: a horse that can fly through the skies. The caliph would like to have this magic horse by all means, but in exchange he is to give his charming daughter Dinarsade to the ugly sorcerer to be his wife. This angers Dinarsade’s brother Ahmed, and he chases the intruder away. The sorcerer, however, finds a way of luring the prince onto the fateful horse. Thus begins Achmed’s adventurous journey.

With The Adventures of Prince Achmed Lotte Reiniger created the first full-length feature animated film in the history of the cinema.