The Adventures of Prince Achmed Live Accompaniment and Intro

Musician Chris Davies reinvigorates this screening, with his composition and live performance using array of instruments from around the world.

Instruments used in this production:
Classical guitar, oud, darbuka, gong rack, bass drum, djembe, tin whistle, bowed psaltery, xylophones, thumb piano, zither, crystal singing bowl, bamboo flute, soprano saxophone, rattles, shakers and bells, voice, sequencing and computer programming.

This screening is introduced by by Prof. Bettina Bildhauer, Professor of German, University of St Andrews.

Film details

The Adventures of Prince Achmed is an animated fairytale film based on tales from The Arabian Nights. It is the oldest surviving animated feature film and still stands as one of the great classics of animation. Musician Chris Davies reinvigorates the film with his skilful composition and live performance using a spectacular array of instruments from around the world to accompany Prince Achmed’s journey from the Middle East, to China and beyond.

“Lotte Reiniger’s brilliant Adventures of Prince Achmed is a true animation gem. Historically it is an important work in the animation canon – and within the global film community. Moreover, when coupled with musician Chris Davies’s new score, Reiniger’s work leaps anachronistically to present day and back again. It’s as if you’re watching the film as it should be viewed: In the 1920’s. His accompaniment is a work of art in itself. Recommend it wholeheartedly.” – Mark Shapiro, Studio Laika

“A joy to behold. Beautiful and innovative – age only adds to its brilliance and charm.” – Empire