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493 Ratings

Die Nibelungen: Siegfried

Directed by Fritz Lang
Germany, 1924
Fantasy, Drama, Adventure


In this retelling of the classic German folktale, the heroic Siegfried rises to the status of legend, but gets pulled into a web of treachery when he agrees to help the king win a bride.

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Die Nibelungen: Siegfried Directed by Fritz Lang

Critics reviews

All of Ufa Studio’s resources, the medium’s every cog and wheel, marshaled into a mammoth-production that nevertheless exudes a defiantly personal blend of fantasy and politics. A couple of lifeless demigods adorn the altar in the closing image, just the tip of the horror Lang has still ahead.
May 05, 2014
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Everywhere in Lang is a picture-box image of crosshatched lines, meshed teeth, or foregrounds imposing and imprisoning backgrounds—or vice versa. In Die Nibelungen, the frames are filled with UFA’s most lavish set construction and wardrobe design, to a degree of splendor that rivals Eisenstein’s Ivan the Terrible series.
November 26, 2012
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In these conditions I greatly preferred the shabby, plot-hole ridden picture of 1944 [Ministry of Fear], its baffled, murky and oppressive paranoia and its the disjointed aura of feeling exiled in one’s own country to the portentous, “meaningful”-masterful totemic super film of 1924 [Die Nibelungen].
October 30, 2012
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