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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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Cast

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Gertrud Arnold ... Queen Ute

Margarete Schön ... Kriemhild

Hanna Ralph ... Brunhild

Paul Richter ... Siegfried
Theodor Loos ... King Gunther
Hans Carl Mueller ... Gernot
Erwin Biswanger ... Giselher

Bernhard Goetzke ... Person from Alzey

Hans Adalbert Schlettow ... Hagen Tronje
Hardy von Francois ... Dankwart
Georg John ... Mime the blacksmith/Alberich the Nibelung
Frida Richard ... The Runes Maid
Yuri Yurovsky ... The Priest (as Georg Jurowski)
Iris Roberts ... The precious boy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fritz Alberti ... Dietrich von Bern
Grete Berger ... The Huns woman
Hubert Heinrich ... Werbel

Rudolf Klein-Rogge ... King Etzel
Georg August Koch ... Hildebrand
Rudolf Rittner ... Ruediger von Bechlarn

Directed by
Fritz Lang 
 
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Fritz Lang 
Thea von Harbou 

Produced by
Erich Pommer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Gottfried Huppertz 
Richard Wagner 
 
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
 
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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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Runtime:
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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Germany:0 | UK:U (video) | UK:PG (video) | USA:Unrated

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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 »
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Factual errors: When Kriemhild wakes up finding her dead husband, Siegfried's chest visibly rises and falls, indicating breathing.See more »
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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Before Lord of the Rings, there was..., 6 January 2007
Author: OttoVonB from Switzerland

Upon completing his epic crime film "Dr Mabuse", Fritz Lang embarked on a quest to bring Germanic legend Das Niebelungenlied to the screen. So colossal was the undertaking that it required two films, of which "Siegfried" is the first.

Young heroic Siegfried kills a dragon and bathes in its blood, gaining immortality (save for a fatal weak spot). His quests make him into a powerful figure and allow him to court the beautiful princess Kriemhield. But her weakling brother only approves the lovers' union if Siegfried agrees to help him deceive the beautiful Valkyrie Brunhield into falling in love with him. When she eventually discovers this treachery, the humiliated amazon vows sets forth a cycle of revenge that will create tragedy on an epic scale.

There's no way to avoid comparisons: "Die Niebelungen" is the Lord of the Rings of its day, and easily one of the most staggering epics in the history of movies. The scale, extras and the pioneering dragon-slaying scene all make for enduring cinema. Fritz Lang's alluring visuals push it even further: his awesome depiction of the rigid codes of honor that are the undoing of his characters imbues the film with a mood and atmosphere whose influences are incalculable. "Die Niebelungen" can also be read as one chooses, tribute to German heroism or to the trappings and tragedy of "honor". Hitler for one was so impressed with the film that he used an alternate edit of the film as propaganda, playing to Wagner's Niebelungen opera (which Lang actually loathed!). To be fair, though the original score can not hope to reach the mythical heights of Wagner's opera, it is still a considerable achievement.

Though he would revisit the crime genre with the slick "Spies" and practically invent modern science-fiction with "Metropolis", none of Lang's silent films would reach this level of excellence. "Siegfried" of course can only fairly be judged when seen right before the second half of the saga: "Kriemhield's Revenge", in which formality makes way for chaos and petty jealousy and revenge turn to violence on a biblical scale.

Anyone with even a passing interest in the silent era or film as a whole should avidly seek this out. Kino on Video have a very decent double DVD edition. I wholeheartedly recommend it.

Edit (October 2010): As I add these words, Eureka have released a stellar BluRay of this saga which is just mind-blowing (reviewed by dvdbeaver, for the curious). If you've never seen this film yet, lucky you. Go straight to HD!

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