An amazing feat of cinematography, The Adventures of Prince Achmed is one of the first full-length animated films ever produced (it is the only surviving one, two others were lost). Produced using a silhouette animation technique, this film took three years to film, each frame an individual shot (24 frames per second). By tinting the film, a color background is created to dramatic effect. It reminded me of the scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows when Herminy retells the “Tale of the Three Brothers.” However, from what I can find that was not the same technique🙁. We watched this on Kanopy, a streaming app that allows for viewing movies for free from our local library. Here is a trailer for the restored version that will give you a taste.
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