The Adventures of Price Achmed

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The Adventures of Price Achmed

Time: December 16, 2009 from 7pm to 8pm
Location: Forbes Library Community Room
Street: 20 West St
City/Town: Northampton
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Phone: 413-587-1013
Event Type: film
Organized By: Faith Kaufmann
Latest Activity: Dec 6, 2009

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Event Description

Vintage film with new soundtrack by Rahul Roy

The Adventures of Prince Achmed is a 1926 feature-length animated film by the German animator Lotte Reiniger. It is the oldest surviving animated feature film, and it features a silhouette animation technique Reiniger had invented which involved manipulated cutouts made from cardboard and thin sheets of lead under a camera. The technique she uses for the camera is similar to Wayang shadow puppets (though hers were animated frame by frame, not manipulated in live action).

The story is based on the elements taken from the collection 1001 Arabian Nights, specifically The Story of Prince Achmed and the Fairy Paribanu featured in Andrew Lang's The Blue Fairy Book. With the assistance of Aladdin, the Witch of the Fiery Mountain, and a magic horse, the title character battles the evil sorcerer to win the hand of Princess Pari Banu.

About the Composer

Rahul Roy is a composer and guitarist from India who has been exploring ways and means to meld musical styles, instruments, and genres, with a view to realizing his vision. He has tried to maintain a sense of humor, and aid in the destruction of sanctimonious purist notions arising from an elitist and misguided perspective on the human condition, with less than stellar results, however he remains doggedly determined.

Born in England, he has spent the last twenty five years living and working in America as--among other things--an educator, recording artist , father, dreamer, and writer.

The music for this film was conceived and recorded exclusively at his studio in Florence, and is most certainly a "response to love, the expression of which knows no bounds, and the need for which has never been greater."

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