The Adventures of Prince Achmed

The Adventures of Prince Achmed

Germany, 67 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Animation, Archival, Foreign, Music

Sunday, April 18 at 3pm and 5:30pm
Archival 35mm print with LIVE MUSICAL SCORE performed by MILES AND KARINA!

35mm presentation - When THE ADVENTURES OF PRINCE ACHMED premiered in Germany on September 23, 1926 it was hailed as the first full-length animated film -- made by Lotte Reiniger using the silhouette technique she invented. Eighty-two years later, this enchanting film still stands as one of the great classics of animation -- beautiful, mesmerizing and utterly seductive. Taken from The Arabian Nights, the film tells the story of a wicked sorcerer who tricks Prince Achmed into mounting a magical flying horse and sends the rider off on a flight to his death. But the prince foils the magician's plan, and soars headlong into a series of wondrous adventures. Thrilling, sensuous and dazzling, Prince Achmed will enthrall children and film enthusiasts of all ages.

David Miles Keenan and Nova Karina Devonie, AKA "Miles and Karina" have been performing together since 1991.
They have 3 albums of mostly original material. Based on the strength and cinematic qualities of these recordings they were commissioned by the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, WA USA to compose an original score to the 1926 silent, animated classic feature film "The Adventures of Prince Achmed" to be performed live at their annual Children's Film Festival.
Since then M&K have performed the score with the film in other theaters and film festivals including the 2009/2010 Woodford Folk Festival in Australia.
They use a variety of instruments between the two of them: accordion, guitar, viola, banjo, glockenspiel, percussion, slide whistle and other gadgets. For more information visit and

See a clip of the film with MILES AND KARINA'S score!

DIRECTOR: Lotte Reiniger
US Distributor: Milstone Films

Official Film Website

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