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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic tale well told, 24 July 2013
bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Die Nibelungen [Blu-ray] [1924] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
Die Nibelungen (1924) filmed at UFA (Read the book "The UFA Story"). Director Fritz Lang, the original story "Siegfried's Tod" I have seen it with German subtitles and other versions with English subtitles. Paul Richter (Siegfried) was in 45 other films, from 1921 to 1972.

Siegfried (Paul Richter) is the son of the King of Xnnetn (Sigmund). He forges his own sward so sharp that it cuts chicken feathers. He is told that near the Rhine at Worms the King of Burgundy (Gunter) and his sister, Kriemhild is at a castle. Siegfried, "On the hour I leave for Worms to win Kriemhild"..."Show me the way if you want to live!" He falls for the "I know a short-cut" routine. Die Nibelungen snickers when he is out of earshot; "Your way leads not to Worms, but to Death" Guess who lives in the heart of the forest? Yep it is Fafnir the Dragon. Poor Fafnir was minding his own business getting a drink when Siegfried gets that "What can I hack" look on his face. The dragon even wags his tail with the approach of Siegfried. I won't give you the blow by blow. I'll just say that smoking can kill you. Fafnir gets stuck for the drinks and dragon blood drinks allows you to understand the birds. A little birdie tells him that bathing in dragon blood will make him invulnerable. You guest it cover your eyes. Oops look real quick. "Dragon tail flicks linden leaf on Siggie's back." Can you say Achilles heel? Meanwhile back at the castle Volker von Alzey is already singing to Kriemhild of Siegfried' triumph over Fafnir. From here it goes on to deal with treasure, invisibility, and all the stuff that Teutonic mythology holds.

This is a quick over view of what will take three hours plus to unfold.

I have several copies; most of them are VHS. This was introduced to me n German class decades ago. Even though I have watched this several times I still come across a part that I do not remember.

I have also read "The Nibelungenlied" translated by A T. Hatto. Richard Wagner's "The Ring of the Nibelung" and various works related to the film.

So far my favorite of all versions is "Die Nibelungen (Special Kino Classics Edition) [Blu-ray] by Fritz Lang" This comes with two disks and is well paced. The original German silent inter-titles; unfortunately inter-titles are in an ancient script. Still it is a tad better than relying on English sub-tittles.
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