Die Nibelungen: Kriemhilds Rache (Kriemhild's Revenge) (1924)
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as Markgraf Rudiger von Bechlorn
as Hagen Tronje
as A Hun
as Koenigin Ute
as King Gunther
as Volker von Atzey
as Der Edelknabe
as King Etzel
as Slaodel sein Bruder
as Dietrich von Stern
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The epic story continues with much of the same cast and crew. The production values remain lavish in the style of German opera. I was intrigued to see Kriemheld (Margarete Schön), Siegfried's widowed wife, step to the front of the tale. Unfortunately, she does not get to show much strength or expression in seeking revenge and there is simply less magic in this sequel. Kriemheld's own family sides with Hagen, so she travels to the land of the Huns in the East and forms a marriage of allegiance with King Etzel, translated as Attila. Fritz Lang regular, Rudolf Klein-Rogge appears in ridiculously offensive makeup as Attila the Hun. A large portion of the film consists of organized armies, led by Gunther and Hagen, and raiding mobs of Huns, doing Kriemheld's bidding, in chaotic battle. It's a tragic epic with a lot of death, in the end.
The second volume of "Die Nibelungen" (Think of it as the original "Kill Bill") is a bloody epic about an angry bride out for vengeance (Wow, yeah; it really is the original "Kill Bill"). Far darker than Part I, "Kriemhild's Revenge" forgoes any elements of fantasy and magic, and instead focuses solely on violent military campaigns and political feuds. Lang explores the darker sides of duty, honor, and justice, and there are some damning indictments of character's behavior in the first film. Whereas "Die Nibelungen: Siegfried" has morals easily viewed in black and white (Siegfried = glorious hero, Hagen = diabolical villain), the second part is all shades of gray, and it's impossible to not feel conflicted as the story progresses. It's surprisingly nuanced, and extremely powerful-- this is one of the great silent epics, and is highly recommended (if you have 5 hours to spare). Amazing movie(s).
the second half of lang's epic is the yin to siegfried's yang. widow kriemhild has sworn vengeance for siegfried's death, even marrying attila the hun when he pledges to help her. much blood is shed and margarete schoen resembles an ice maiden by gustav klimt. amazing costumes and sets throughout
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