"Die Nibelungen: Kriemhilds Rache" is a 131-minute movie (in the version I saw) and it came out in 1924, over 90 years ago. Writer is Thea von Harbou, director is Fritz Lang, the same duo that made the legendary "Metropolis" 3 years later. Their work here is again a black-and-white (gold-and-white actually) silent film that is fairly known and among the better known movies from the 1920s too. It is the second installment of the Nibelungen saga after the focus on Siegfried in the first. And as with Reinl's work from the 1960s, I must say I always find the Siegfried part more interesting. One reason are the dragon fights sequences. However, this is not a failure we have here. The battle scenes are decent, costumes and set decorations are pretty nice too. It's just for me very personally that I cannot really develop any interest Kriemhild's revenge story. Overacting, as usual in those silent films, is sometimes present too, but it's bearable in here. Intertitles could have been a bit more for my taste to better understand the story in detail, but at least it's not hardly any like in other works from that time. Cast is fine mostly, Rudolf Klein-Rogge is probably the most known member. All in all, due to my personal preferences, I did not really enjoy the watch. Also too long in my opinion, maybe 90-100 minutes would have been more appropriate. Not recommended
Canto 1: How Kriemhild Mourned Over Siegfried and How King Attila Woos her Through his Ambassador Rüdiger von Bechlarn: Kriemhild insists on having the head of the killer of her beloved husband, Hagen Tronje, but her brother, King Gunther, refuses her request. When King Attila of the Huns woos Kriemhild through his ambassador Rüdiger von Bechlar, she makes him promise through oath in the name of his king that no man would ever offend her. Hagen Tronje hides the Nibelungen treasure in the bottom of a lake. Canto 2: How Kriemhild Takes Leave from her Homeland and How She Was Received by King Attila: Kriemhild brings some earth from where Siegfried died, and travels to the court of the Huns, where she is welcomed by Attila himself, who also promises through oath to defend her. Canto 3: How King Attila Besieged Rome and How Kriemhild Summoned her Brothers: When Kriemhild delivers a baby boy, Attila returns to his realm and asks Kriemhild what she would like most to please her. She asks him to invite her brothers to come to his kingdom. Canto 4: How Kriemhild Receives her Brothers: Kriemhild insists on having the head of Hagen Tronje, but her brothers keep loyalty to their friend and again do not accept her request. Canto 5: How the Huns Celebrated the Summer Solstice With the Nibelungen: Kriemhild asks Attila to kill Hagen Tronje, but he refuses since in accordance with the laws of the desert, a guest is considered sacred. Kriemhild offers gold to the Hums for the head of Hagen Tronje. There is a fight, and Hagen Tronje kills Attila's son. Canto 6: The Nibelungen's Distress: The Huns lose the battle against the Nibelungen, but keep them under siege inside Attila's castle. Kriemhild promises to spare their lives provided they deliver Hagen Tronje, but her brother Gunther tells that German people are loyal with their friends. Canto 7: The Nibelungen's End: After the death of Rüdiger von Bechlarn, Giselher and Gernot, Hagen Tronje and Guhther are finally captured. Kriemhild kills Hagen Tronje, ending her revenge with the destruction of the Nibelungen.
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