The Nibelungen, Part I: Siegfried’s Death

Film - Feature | February 2 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Lang’s two-part superproduction of the thirteenth-century Nordic saga that also inspired Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung is a triumph of studio-created artifice in the silent era. Sets, lighting, costumes, camerawork, and special effects all contribute to the monumental re-creation of a world at the dawn of time, when fire-breathing dragons roam the earth and the Nibelungen, a race of dwarfs, bestow magical powers onto the warrior Siegfried (Paul Richter). Part I takes the story through Siegfried’s marriage to the beautiful Kriemhild (Margarethe Schön) and his death at the hands of Hagen.

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