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1924 (Poland) See more »
Siegfried, son of King Sigmund, hears of the beautiful sister of Gunter, King of Worms, Kriemhild. On his way to Worms... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Fritz Lang 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Fritz Lang 
Thea von Harbou 

Produced by
Erich Pommer .... producer
Original Music by
Gottfried Huppertz 
Cinematography by
Carl Hoffmann 
Günther Rittau 
Walter Ruttmann 
Art Direction by
Otto Hunte 
Karl Vollbrecht 
Set Decoration by
Erich Kettelhut 
Karl Vollbrecht 
Costume Design by
Paul Gerd Guderian 
Aenne Willkomm 
Makeup Department
Otto Genath .... makeup artist
Production Management
Rudi George .... production manager
Gustav Püttjer .... production manager
Art Department
Edgar G. Ulmer .... set designer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Eugen Schüfftan .... trick photography
Music Department
Hugo Riesenfeld .... music arranger: Richard Wagner's music (1925)
Frank Strobel .... conductor
Frank Strobel .... music editor

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Also Known As:
"Die Nibelungen" - USA (series title)
"The Nibelungs Part I: Siegfried" - International (English title) (alternative title)
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Canada:140 min | Germany:143 min (restored integral version) | Germany:97 min | USA:100 min | Belgium:158 min (Belgian Filmmuseum, Brussels)
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A music score was recorded using the DeForest Phonofilm sound-on-film process. However, this soundtrack version was presented only at the Century Theater in New York City beginning on 30 August 1925.See more »
Plot holes: The leaf from the tree falls on a part of Siegfried's back already splashed with dragon blood. Therefore it should not leave a vulnerable spot.See more »
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Referenced in The Sci-Fi Boys (2006)See more »


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One of the great masterpieces of any generation, 4 May 2009
Author: pekinman from Illinois

I am not especially an aficionado of silent films though I have long loved Lang's 'Metropolis'. Being an opera lover, especially Wagner, it is to my shame that it has taken me decade to get around to watching Lang's masterpiece 'Siegfried'.

Even more than Richard Wagner's 4 Ring operas in 'Der Ring des Nibelungen' Lang's films tie in many of the ancient Nordic and Teutonic legends that contributed to Wagner's monumental creation.

Brunhild is a powerful Icelandic Queen, Siegfried the son of King Siegmund, all this quite different from the operas in that Siegmund was not a king in those. Also, Hagen, the evil deus ex machina is portrayed here as a Wotan like figure, with patched eye and horned helmet. Otherwise, the basic story is the same but more believable as drama than Wagner's highly fantastic story line.

This film is going to last a lifetime with me. And it is especially wonderful that the great musical score by Gottfried Huppertz has been included in the DVD release on Kino films. Its a haunting score and very much its own character. It doesn't try to imitate Wagnerianism but there are what Wagner called leitmotivs to represent the various characters and mood.

Even if you aren't a Wagner fan this film by Fritz Lang displays so many amazing innovations for 1924 that it puts the computerized f/x of our day quite in the shade in terms of novelty and human artistry.

I can't recommend 'Siegfried' highly enough. Haunting and beautiful, even in black and white. The Kino picture is quite clear and the acting superb.

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