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Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (Siegfried's Death) Reviews

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September 22, 2009
A film created to be viewed on the wall of a giant beer hall whilst busty bar maids serve you tankards of the finest ale.
½ August 29, 2009
The mythical prince Siegfried masters the art of forging weapons and crafts a sword that can split a feather in mid air, weapon in hand he sets off on his journey to the kingdom of burgundy to obtain the princesses hand in marriage. Thus begins the most schizophrenic epic in probably all cinema.

According to Lang Siegfried's adventures are as well known to the German people(to whom the film is dedicated) as something like Custer's last stand, so obviously Lang views the story with some reverence probably more so than something like Metropolis. The mythical aspects of the film hold up incredibly well, whether it be characters turning to stone, crossing a plain of fire, elaborate nightmares or slaying a dragon(and that's no miniature its a 60 long model that required 17 technicians). In light of his career in American film noir many forget that Lang was one of the greatest visual innovators of early cinema.

While the film may seem almost out of place in Lang's career a closer look reveals other wise. Lang indeed looks upon the story with appreciation but there is a precise detachment as there is with his other films, for all the film's glory Lang never seems to take part in any heroic pathos(which elevates him above assholes like DeMille) despite many of its admirers seeing just that particularly Hitler(who would try to enlist Lang in directing propaganda) who probably saw the film as a vision for the uprising he wanted. Lang of course despised that approach and naturally saw the faults in that mindset; which is a testament to Lang's devotion in storytelling that even when addressing a timeless legend he sticks to his guns and never gives into the superficial.

Its hard to review the film in two parts but that's the only way Flixster has in formated so what can you do? Anyway not only does Lang look past stereotypical heroics but also forshadows that the ideas in the myths of these heros will give way to deception and corruption, the same kind Lang is known for and will become his trademark, making Die Nibelugen one of the most significant films of his career.
½ June 22, 2009
A solid adaptation of the nordic legend by Fritz Lang.
½ May 1, 2009
The film that opened the door with enough experience to make Metropolis. I believe this was the film that Lang knew his imaginative stories can be seen and understood in these early days in film making and it is still quite dazzling to look at today.
March 14, 2009
A beautiful and powerful fantasy epic that laid down the foundations for all such films to come. While some viewers will find themselves bored by the silence of the film, the enchanting images and complex tale make it more than worth seeing.
March 4, 2009
There is a word for films like this and that word is epic.
February 13, 2009
Amazingly beautiful and intensely epic legend. A must see!
February 10, 2009
A beautiful epic from master fritz lang and a magnific tale
January 2, 2009
Fort du succès retentissant de Docteur Mabuse le joueur, Fritz Lang entame tout de suite un nouveau projet d'une envergure encore plus titanesque: une adaptation cinématographique de la Chanson des Nibelungen, épopée médiévale allemande célèbre. Disposant d'un budget à la hauteur de ses ambitions, le réalisateur se lance corps et âme dans ce nouvel opus, si long qu'il dut être divisé en deux parties. La première, intitulée "Siegfried", raconte l'histoire de ce dernier, un héros sans peur et sans reproche qui s'est taillé une réputation béton en assassinant un dragon et en se baignant dans son sang. Or, ce jeune héros se rend à Worms pour y épouser Kriemhild, la soeur du roi et par le fait même la plus belle femme du monde. Mais ce ne sera pas chose facile! Cette première partie relate ses aventures.

Avec une liberté artistique aussi complète et des moyens financiers aussi généreux, Lang est probablement saisi de la folie des grandeurs. Ce film est, en 1924, l'équivalent des méga-productions hollywoodiennes, la comparaison avec le Seigneur des Anneaux étant inévitable. Une tonne de figurants sont mobilisés, des décors couteux sont érigés, un dragon de soixante mètres de long est même fabriqué! Rien n'arrête la vision de Lang. Il n'a qu'à demander et il reçoit. Les acteurs deviennent de plus en plus de simples pantins. Mais c'est sans doute le prix à payer pour réaliser un film de cette ampleur. S'il n'a pas toujours bien vieilli et si certaines scènes traînent parfois en longueur, ce premier morceau des Nibelungen conserve tout de même un rythme rapide et enchaîne les péripéties avec beaucoup d'énergie.

Le combat avec le dragon fait certes un peu sourire (il ressemble plus à une énorme peluche), mais on ne peut toutefois qu'admirer l'initiative, qui pour l'époque est une réussite totale, et si je ne m'abuse une première dans le genre. La scène où Siegfried s'empare du trésor des Nibelungen est également de toute beauté, ainsi que celle, mémorable, de la traversée du lac de feu. Pour un film qui a plus de 80 ans, les effets spéciaux sont toujours impressionnants. Les talents de conteurs de Lang et von Harbou sont également indéniables. Difficile de garder l'intérêt du spectateur aussi longtemps, mais le pari est remporté. Le texte source est traité avec beaucoup de respect par les deux auteurs qui s'efforcent d'en transposer l'essentiel sans trop verser dans l'excès. Quelques choix de casting un brin douteux (la "plus belle femme du monde" ressemble à un homme...), mais dans l'ensemble, l'histoire de Siegfried est prenante, bien qu'il faille être tolérant au fantastique pour l'apprécier pleinement.
½ December 28, 2008
Pretty entertaining in how funny this is in it's special affects and cheesy acting. Great story line though :)
September 10, 2008
Extraordinary for its time, but not quite as involving or as dense as Metropolis. Still a must see for German Expressionism fans.
August 10, 2008
Forget the Lord of the Rings, this movie is where it's at.
July 9, 2008
Almost as beautiful and entrancing as Metropolis. The plot is standard folklore-type stuff, but it's told so well that one doesn't mind the lack of originality.
½ June 7, 2008
A great Fritz Lang film. Pretty beautifully shot for it's time.
May 12, 2008
Epic and beautifully shot by Fritz Lang, the German master. Great expressionist drama based on Norse and German mythology.
April 25, 2008
Epic film that catapulted Lang to superstar status. Well deserved.
½ April 23, 2008
Outstanding epic, despite it's few hints of blatant German nationalism, the two films that make up Die Nibelungen are jaw dropping. Gottfried Huppertz's original orchestral score has been reconstructed and recorded for this release and it is glorious - both inspired by but also anti-Wagner, it stands on its own musically and the images in the film almost compliment the music rather than the other way around.

Faithful adaptation of The Nibelungenlied, the first half (Siegfried) is the mythological fantasy/romance. By part II (Kriemhild's Revenge), it is no longer child's play, now we are in a dark psychological war between Siegfried's widow and her uncle which ends with the utter destruction of two kingdoms. Not over-directed like Faust or even Citizen Kane, but relying mostly on massive, handsomely framed shots, this movie it like eavesdropping on the myth it was based upon.
½ April 19, 2008
A bit drawn out, even for German epic. Otherwise a beautiful rendition of the saga.
February 28, 2008
The impressive set design, the dragon (I wonder how painstakingly work that must have been in the 1920s) and the epic story makes this perhaps my favorite silent movie of all time. It is just so interesting to watch these live paintings.
February 22, 2008
it was pretty interesting but a little to slow for my taste. well since I'm studying history right now..middle age it was actually quite fun to see it.
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