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Rhinegold (1978)

Rheingold (original title)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elke Haltaufderheide Elke Haltaufderheide ... Elisabeth Drossbach
Rüdiger Kirschstein Rüdiger Kirschstein ... Wolfgang Friedrichs
Gunther Malzacher ... Karl-Heinz Drossbach
Alice Treff ... Mutter
Reinfried Keilich Reinfried Keilich ... Erfinder
Alfred Baarovy Alfred Baarovy ... Astrologe
Petra Maria Grühn ... Junge Frau
Franz Zimmermann Franz Zimmermann ... Großvater
Ulrike Quien Ulrike Quien ... Enkelin
Claudia Butenuth ... Reisende Mutter
Horst Pasderski Horst Pasderski
Dorothea Moritz Dorothea Moritz
Axel Ganz Axel Ganz
Walter Kraus Walter Kraus
Michael Tietz Michael Tietz


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Release Date:

6 October 1978 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Rhinegold See more »

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Visual Filmproduktion See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Golden movie
14 September 2008 | by Karl SelfSee all my reviews

I came across this movie totally by happenstance, and picked it up because I was vaguely intrigued by the name. I had never heard about this movie before, nor of any of the actors or contributors.

This is an incredible, hallucinatory, lucid, riveting movie. Although there is little external action, it sucks the viewer right in and keeps him on the edge of his seat, by constantly introducing new developments and characters, through minute but perpetual twists and turns, but also through the breathtaking cinematography (director Nikolaus Schilling mostly worked as a cameraman before taking up directing, and it really shows).

The title refers of course to the Wagner opera, from which incidentally The Lord Of The Rings later borrowed its motif: the struggle between love (the pure gold) and power (the ring forged from the raw gold). And this is also the motif of the movie, of a woman who is torn between wealth, comfort and security (and affection) and passionate, but impoverished love. A conflict which she is eventually, and tragically, unable (or unwilling) to resolve.

This is an absolutely brilliant movie, which I highly recommend.

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