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The second part of the legendary epic is a spectacular revenge story, perhaps the best revenge story ever filmed. Kriemhild's transformation from a passive and lovable girl into the revenge-seeking callous queen is mesmerizing. The final battles and fire are as fierce as her unquenchable desire for vengeance. If you see it once you won't ever forget it.
7.7/10, my review: http://wp.me/p1eXom-2aF
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).
A bona fide masterpiece.
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
This is the second part of Fritz Lang's two-part epic fantasy saga. It picks up where the first one left off -- SPOILER WARNING -- after Siegfried's death, his wife Kriemhild vows revenge on his murderer, but there are complications resulting in much bloodshed. Action sequences and special effects in older movies often tend to impress me a bit more because they do not have modern technologies at their disposal. This is no different. There are some really spectacular battle scenes here and the entire thing plays out like a Shakespearean tragedy. As a whole, I feel the saga is Lang's warm-up to "Metropolis" but it's still a hell of a warm-up.
I didn't find it anywhere near as engrossing as Die Nibelungen Part 1. Part 1 had a fun sword and sorcery quality to it. The visuals, while still amazing, aren't quite as powerful as those in pt. 1. This is like the 'Kill Bill Vol 2' of the silent cinema:-)
Romantic loyalty vs. national loyalty in this revenge pic/sequel to Lang's first Nibelungen film. This one suffers a bit from the more straightforward, less mythical plot, although there's no denying the power of his visuals.
Fritz Lang's Filming of the Second Part of the Nibelungen Saga is a Monumental Masterpiece with great Tragedy and fantastic Battles between the Nibelungen and the Huns, the Nibelungen and the Bechlarn and finally Kriemhild get her Revenge on the evil Hagen von Tronje Great Actors, Great Battle Scenes, Great Directons, Great Story, Great Music this is one of the best Movies ever and worthy to present the Biggest German Myth
Maybe a little bit too long. Nevertheless a great movie. It's too bad that Polish TV doesn't show old films any more.