Die Nibelungen [Import]
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One Of The Greatest Artistic And Technical Achievements Of The German Silent Cinema. Fritz Lang'S Monumental Die Nibelungen Is A Passionate Retelling Of Nordic Legend, Invested With All The Resources Of The Colossal Ufa Studios. Scripted By Lang'S Wife At The Time, Thea Von Harbou (Metropolis), Siegfried Establishes Larger-Than-Life Heroic Characters Who Are Defined By Tests Of Valor And Rigid Codes Of Honor. In Order To Win The Hand Of Kriemhild (Margarete Schoen), Siegfried (Paul Richter) Must Win A Bride For Her Brother, King Gunther (Theodor Loos). Kriemhild'S Revenge Begins After The Death Of Siegfried, And Weaves The Treacherous Tale Of His Widow'S Ungodly Vengeance Upon His Murderers. The Noble Qualities Of The First Film Become Liabilities In The Second, As The Blood Oaths And Vows Of Loyalty Bring About A Maelstrom Of Violence That Results In The Slaughter Of Entire Armies (Lang Would Continue To Explore The Theme Of Bloodlust And Revenge In Such Films As Fury, The Big Heat And Rancho Notorious, Buy Never With Such Ferocity).
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Think just fifty years before when Wagner built Bayreuth for showing us all his works.
And the most powerful of them , the quintessential of the set was precisely The Ring .
Lang made a sublime adaptation of this work . 1924 was the year of this landmark picture.
Inspired in the powerful mythologic essence , Lang keeps the expressiveness, the force and the soul of this legend.
Believe or not , but I've always thought that you never will be capable to appreciate in his wholeness Metropolis , if you are not involved by the mythical spirit of this film.
A must for all the viewers really interested not only in the cinema evolution , but in the soul of the art.
Siegfried (Paul Richter) is the son of the King of Xnnetn (Sigmund). He forges his own sward so sharp that it cuts chicken feathers. He is told that near the Rhine at Worms the King of Burgundy (Gunter) and his sister, Kriemhild is at a castle. Siegfried, "On the hour I leave for Worms to win Kriemhild"..."Show me the way if you want to live!" He falls for the "I know a short-cut" routine. Die Nibelungen snickers when he is out of earshot; "Your way leads not to Worms, but to Death" Guess who lives in the heart of the forest? Yep it is Fafnir the Dragon. Poor Fafnir was minding his own business getting a drink when Siegfried gets that "What can I hack" look on his face. The dragon even wags his tail with the approach of Siegfried. I won't give you the blow by blow. I'll just say that smoking can kill you. Fafnir is stuck for the drinks and dragon blood drinks allows you to understand the birds. A little birdie tells him that bathing in dragon blood will make him invulnerable. You guessed it cover your eyes. Oops look real quick. "Dragon tail flicks linden leaf on Siggie's back." Can you say Achilles heel? Meanwhile back at the castle Volker von Alzey is already singing to Kriemhild of Siegfried' triumph over Fafnir. From here, it goes on to deal with treasure, invisibility, and all the stuff that Teutonic mythology holds.
But ultimately what makes these DVDs worth owning are the films. Fascinating, entertaining, disturbing, and sure to repay multiple viewings.
Much has been made of the still dazzling special effects and huge sets, and that rather clunky but impressive dragon. Don't let that fool you. Die Nibelungen is a film about people, and it is to director Fritz Lang's considerable credit that the acting is across the board excellent, with Rudolph Klein-Rogge turning in an astonishing performance as Attila the Hun. Klein-Rogge's work is one of the highlights of silent film acting. He never goes too far, never over-emotes in that stereotypical "silent film acting" kind of way. His Attila is a fascinating lovesick warrior wanting to please his wife but still bound by traditions that he just can't break.
If you care at all about silent films, or films in general, you should buy this set. It is worth every penny.
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I saw the restored print of this film shown over two nights at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago in 1988 or 1989, with the original orchestral score transcribed for the theatre's... Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2003 by James E. Thorn II
I have been a fan of Fritz Lang's Die Nibelungen since my purchase of the BETA tape version many years ago. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2003 by J P Falcon
A truly great silent film, here very well presented with footage that most of us have never seen before. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2003 by Stanley Hauer
Buy this DVD set. Whether you're a Fritz Lang fan, sort of interested in German cinema, curious about the aryan mythos that Hitler would later subvert, whatever got you here, this... Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2003 by Heavy Theta
This masterpiece of silent German cinema receives a solid, meat-and-potatoes treatment on DVD. Image quality varies greatly from scene to scene, but the new digital recording of... Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2003 by Timothy Hulsey
Fritz Lang's Die Nibelungen can definitely be called the Lord of the Rings of the silent era. Siegfried and Kriemhild's Revenge are stunning films in an epic scale; visually lush... Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2003 by Sren Thomsen
DIE NIEBELUNGEN (The Nibelung Saga). This 1924 epic from Fritz Lang is the Grandaddy of all fantasy epics and now it can be seen as it was first presented with over 100 minutes of... Read morePublished on Dec 11 2002 by Chip Kaufmann
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