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Die Nibelungen, Teil 2 - Kriemhilds Rache (1967)

Now Brunhild knows by which treason she was won for king Gunther of Burgund by Siegfried of Xanthen, and has been revenged by his foul murder by Hagen, more bloody revenge is inevitable. ... See full summary »

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Now Brunhild knows by which treason she was won for king Gunther of Burgund by Siegfried of Xanthen, and has been revenged by his foul murder by Hagen, more bloody revenge is inevitable. Hagen steals the Nibelungen-treasure to sink it in the stream and manages to kill Alberich and seize his invisibility-cap. Queen Kriemhild is packed of to an abbey so her son may grow up to become a prelate, but Hagen's men raid them and kill the child. She now accepts to become the wife of Etzel, king of the truly barbaric Hun nomads and invites the Burgund court nomenclature at their Danube court for their heir's baptism a few years later, but prepared a bloody conspiracy with her xenophobic brother-in-law behind her surprisingly chivalric husband's back, while Gunther accepts, hoping to avoid a far bloodier war, despite the danger for his party of knights, which materializes... Written by KGF Vissers

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16 February 1967 (West Germany)  »

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Stodgy sequel to a fantasy epic
16 May 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

WHOM THE GODS WISH TO DESTROY 2 is the immediate follow-on from the first movie. With Siegfried dead thanks to treachery, Brunhilde now seeks revenge, but it won't be so easy as she is propelled into a complex political world in which everybody is out for him or herself.

I found this to be the lesser of the two films, although most of the cast and crew return for this follow-up; Herbert Lom is also along for the ride. The movie lacks a decent heroic lead like Siegfried in the first film and instead gets bogged down in overly convoluted plotting and intrigue. Karin Dor gives a fine performance, though, and the addition of Attila the Hun to the storyline can only be a good thing.

Whereas the first movie was an all-out fantasy epic, WHOM THE GODS WISH TO DESTROY 2 goes for more of an action-adventure template, culminating in some large battle scenes which are fairly well achieved on what must have been a limited budget. However, the film as a whole is a bit bogged down with its own importance, and just not as much fun as the first instalment.


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