Impressive sets and battle scenes with a tragic and dark ending perfect for this myth, but it demands patience as it has a long build-up for what we all wait for: Kriemhild's revenge. One do have to swallow the fact that Attila the Hun and all his men are portrayed as embarrassing stereotypes too while the Germans are noble and full of honor but since this is a heroic nationalistic tale what should we expect?
Lang's epic of German mythology continues with what could have been the ultimate 'woman scorned wreaks vengeance' film if it just wasn't so long winded. Overlong, oft dramatically weak and not very engaging tale despite its cinematic visual mastery. The two works by Lang that would follow would however cement his cinematic legacy.
One of the most tragic expressions of cinema that I've seen, profoundly Shakesperean in ressonance. Absolute vengeance as the only possible consequence after the death of a lover. "Manhunt", "Rancho Notorious" or "The Big Heat" had all been done before here. The difference is that here Lang had not the restrictions of american production and was free to create devastating forms and compositions. Masterpiece.