Epic storytelling. This ambitious take on German mythology is pretty impressive even ninety years later. The film is somewhat long winded at times but its episodic structure does work in its favour. Some really stirring scenes especially the early dragon battle that still thrills. Performances vary but the visual style and complexity is constant.
Lang's customary visual extravagance is combined with a rigorous formal control that he only seldom found again. SIEGFRIED's careful deliberate pace amps up the tension to breaking point. A splendid film in every way.
A ridiculously ambitious ye olde epic that you can't fault for scale, innovation and pure style especially when some modern day fantasy films look cheaper. Docked a star purely for feeling longer than it already is and for getting a bit lost plot-wise amongst it all. For those unfamiliar with the story it's kinda Faerie Queen meets Beowulf with a smattering of Shakespearean social 'courts and lovers' tension.
The restored version of Lang's epic narration is a real gem: The details of the set design are remarkable - as well as the overall composition. And Gottfried Huppertz's monumental score is one of the most exceptional examples for original silent film music.
Wow, what an epic! Amazing sets, fantastic costumes, (the zig zag boots!), great hair-dos (and un-do's, the Blacksmith clearly hadn't been near a comb for decades). Siegfried! What a man! Bravely Battling the Dastardly Dragon! A tale of trust and treachery, swiveling eyes and glowering glares. Excellent. It is very long though, I watched it in three parts, too long for one viewing I'd say. Well worth the time though.
A really beautiful looking film that moves extremely slowly. There feels like there's maybe a half hour of plot in the whole film. Still, it's a gorgeous production that like so many of Lang's silent films seems decades ahead of it's time.
An ambitious achievement that never loses itself in its grandiose epicness. Each scene is like a beautiful painting, and Lang's composition and use of different shapes is masterful. The costume designer deserves recognition as well for the absolutely breathtaking creations that match the expressionist atmosphere.
Was there nothing Fritz Lang couldn't do? His German films are amazing. The first half of Die Nibelungen is astounding. Considering that it was made in in 1924 it still thrills. Siegfried's journey, his romance, his battle with the dragon is, in my humble opinion, just as thrilling as it must have been when it was originally released. The mood, the camerawork, which is so sophisticated, the performances. Wonderful.