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Die Nibelungen: Siegfried -- 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 (In HD).

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1924 (Poland) See more »
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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 
 
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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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"Die Nibelungen" - USA (series 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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The dragon in the film is not a miniature. It is a full-scale puppet 60 feet long.See more »
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Continuity: Siegfried has his sword drawn during the fight in Gunther's hall. When Kriemhild's entry stops the fighting it hangs by his side again.See more »
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Spoofed in Golgotha (2008)See more »

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A Lavish & Memorable Adaptation of the Saga, 21 July 2004
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

This lavish and memorable adaptation of the first part of the Nibelungen saga is worthwhile for a number of strengths. While Fritz Lang and Thea von Harbou seem to have rather freely adapted the original material, they succeeded beyond doubt in bringing the main characters to life and in creating a distinctive and interesting atmosphere for the story. The cast, likewise, do a good job in portraying their characters. The visual effects are uneven, and a couple of times they do not work all that well, but at other times they work wonderfully.

This first part of Lang's epic primarily covers the "Siegfried" part of the saga. Siegfried is the kind of near-perfect hero who can become rather dull in a hurry if the actor and director overdo it, but here Paul Richter works well in the role, and Lang effectively brings out the sometimes tangled connections between Siegfried and the other characters. These relationships are really the most interesting aspect of this part of the story, and Lang does well in keeping them the main focus for most of the time. Gunther, Hagen, Kriemhild, and Brunhild each have an interesting connection with Siegfried, and by giving the other characters a well-developed personality, the movie also enhances Siegfried's own identity.

The story moves rather slowly much of the time, in order better to develop the atmosphere and characters. This actually enhances the action and adventure sequences, giving them (and the movie as a whole) more substance. The picture works very well and, aside from a very small number of its visual effects, has held up well over the years.

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