Review: ‘Die Nibelungen – Kriemhilds Rache’

This sequel to Siegfried is a partial rehash and follow-up.

This sequel to Siegfried is a partial rehash and follow-up.

The formerly beautiful Kriemhild is not so comely, physically as well as mentally overcome with the desire for vengeance. To advance her purpose Kriemhild weds the distorted Attila, King of the Huns. As queen of that domain she avenges the death of her beloved Siegfried, but not without herself meeting death in the end.

There is little or no action until Kriemhild departs for the land of the Huns. Opening sequences are the closing portions of Siegfried , from the death scene on. Out of all that comes nothing but a remembrance of much mugging.

The typical fantastic settings are notable and look like a lot of money. With its overabundance of slow motion and overly written subtitles [both English and German, one atop another, in the version released in the US in 1928, reviewed here] it would be a better picture if cut to 15 or 20 minutes. The battle stuff, in short subject form, would make it playable.

Die Nibelungen - Kriemhilds Rache



Decla-Bioscop. Director Fritz Lang; Producer Erich Pommer; Screenplay Fritz Lang, Thea von Harbou; Camera Karl Hoffmann, Guenther Rittau; Art Director Otto Hunte, Erich Kettelhut, Karl Vollbrecht


Silent. (B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1924. Running time: 97 MIN.


Margarethe Schoen Rudolf Klein Rogge Rudolf Rittner Hans Adalbert von Schlettow Georg August Koch
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