DIE NIBELUNGEN Clip (Masters of Cinema)

DIE NIBELUNGEN Clip (Masters of Cinema)

A short clip from Die Nibelungen Part 1: Siegfried, depicting Siegfried’s fight with the dragon

Perhaps the most stately of Fritz Lang’s two-part epics, the five-hour Die Nibelungen is a courageous and hallucinatory work. Its extraordinary set-pieces, archetypal themes, and unrestrained ambition have proved an inspiration for nearly every fantasy cycle that has emerged on-screen since — from Star Wars to The Lord of the Rings.

In Part One, Siegfried, the film’s eponymous hero acquires the power of invincibility after slaying a dragon and bathing in the creature’s blood. Later, an alliance through marriage between the hero and the royal clan of the Nibelungen turns treacherous, with Siegfried’s sole weakness exploited. In Part Two, Kriemhilds Rache [Kriemhild’s Revenge], Siegfried’s widow travels to the remote land of the Huns to wed the monstrous Attila, and thereby enlist his forces in an act of vengeance that culminates in massacre, conflagration, and, under the auspices of Lang, one of the most exhilarating and terrifying end-sequences in all of cinema.

Adapted from the myth that was also the basis for Wagner’s Ring cycle of operas, Lang’s epic offers its own startling expressionistic power — a summit of the director’s artistry. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present Die Nibelungen in a spectacular new HD restoration, released as a 2 x DVD set & a 2 x Blu-ray set in the UK on 29 October 2012.

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Siegfried Herlitz says:

That poor stegosaurus just wanted to have a friend… and that guy bullied him and then killed him >:c

Thomas Eubank says:

Who needs CGI?

Mark McAuley mcauley says:

What a jerk I wanted the dragon to win

Fabio Blanco says:

Poor dragon! 🙁

Calenture says:

Amazing stuff, this. When I was a kid I had a film book with a still of Siegfried deep in the forest. It haunted me. I also saw a Fritz Lang film set in India with a dance in a huge cave beneath a giant statue of Kali. Could never forget that, either. Thank you.

LucidDream says:

I couldn't stop watching. 🙂

O Deum meum! says:

That poor dragon was drinking some water only to have its eye poked out dude and its chest slashed by a Teutonic dude. PETA will know of this awful animal abuse 😛

OrphanSeasun says:

– yeah "it's the height of hilarity; I declare it the jest of the season" – to be fair you're right, but to be fair I was hardly harsh and hey! I used a smiley so chill, haha

Henbot says:

Lol, poor Dragon just chilling and then BAM some white dude attacks it with a sword :p

Think people missing that the MilknPopcorn dude just being a bit jokey. We know more to the tale. Just funny comment :p

Henbot says:

dude clearly joking

Perry Stroika says:

MilknPopcorn. I think you're right. But it works as a deconstruction of the heroic myth. Lang is not an epic poet, but a modernist ironiser of epic poetry. If the hero seems like an amoral thug, that's not entirely inappropriate.

Compare and contrast with The Illiad of Homer, the humane and dignified Hector, versus the brutal, childish, vicious Achilles.

Oliver's Big Box of Fun Shit says:

I know that it makes sense in context of the film, but watching the clip alone without having seen the film makes it seem like the Dragon was friendly and just minding it's own business and was not threatening until our 'hero' shows up and immediately slaughters it.

OrphanSeasun says:

Have you seen the film or read the poem? I think, since this is less than a four minute clip you may, just may, be misunderstanding this 5 hour (!!!) movie. I think the word I'm looking for is context. 🙂

Oliver's Big Box of Fun Shit says:

See a Dragon having a drink and minding it's own business, and then immediately stab it to death.

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