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Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy | 1924 (Poland)
Siegfried, son of King Sigmund, hears of the beautiful sister of Gunter, King of Worms, Kriemhild. On his way to Worms, he kills a dragon and finds a treasure, the Hort. He helps Gunther to... See full summary »

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Fritz Lang
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gertrud Arnold ... Queen Ute
Margarete Schön ... Kriemhild
Hanna Ralph ... Brunhild
Paul Richter ... Siegfried
Theodor Loos ... King Gunther
Hans Carl Mueller Hans Carl Mueller ... Gernot
Erwin Biswanger Erwin Biswanger ... Giselher
Bernhard Goetzke ... Person from Alzey
Hans Adalbert Schlettow ... Hagen Tronje
Hardy von Francois Hardy von Francois ... Dankwart
Georg John ... Mime the blacksmith / Alberich the Nibelung
Frida Richard Frida Richard ... The Runes Maid
Yuri Yurovsky Yuri Yurovsky ... The Priest (as Georg Jurowski)
Iris Roberts Iris Roberts ... The precious boy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fritz Alberti Fritz Alberti ... Dietrich von Bern
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Storyline

Siegfried, son of King Sigmund, hears of the beautiful sister of Gunter, King of Worms, Kriemhild. On his way to Worms, he kills a dragon and finds a treasure, the Hort. He helps Gunther to win Krimhild, a mask that makes him invisible proves to be very useful. But because Brunhild is cursing Kriemhild, she tells her what really happened. Now Brunhild wants Siegfried's head. Is Gunther going to do her that favor? Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

1924 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Nibelungen See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (restored integral) | (Belgian Filmmuseum, Brussels)

Sound Mix:

Silent | De Forest Phonofilm (US release)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The dragon in the film is not a miniature. It is a full-scale puppet 60 feet long. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Crazy Credits

Karl Vollbrecht receives a credit as "Erbauer des Drachens" -- 'dragon builder'. See more »

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Referenced in Hitler, ein Film aus Deutschland (1977) See more »

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a perfect adventure
11 May 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

For those of you who don't know about it, "The Nibelungenlied" is to German literature what "Beowulf" is to English literature. The story of Siegfried, a warrior who must help a prince win a princess, was made into an ultra-cool movie by Fritz Lang. Most people might imagine 1920's cinema as primitive by today's standards, but this was a very good technical production. Whether it's Siegfried (Paul Richter) slaying a dragon, or becoming invisible to help the prince win a contest, every part of the movie has something neat.

A strange irony to this movie was what it almost did for Fritz Lang. Adolf Hitler loved the movie and used "The Nibelungenlied" to represent a "strong Germany". Joseph Goebbels asked Fritz Lang if he would like to make propaganda films for the Nazis. Fritz Lang said that he would think about it and quickly fled the country (in the United States, he continued turning out famous movies). Lang's wife, Thea Von Harbou, stayed in Germany and worked for the Nazi propaganda machine.

No matter. It's a great movie.


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