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Margarethe Schöen (right).
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Die Nibelungen
Also known as Siegfrieds Tod and Kriemhilds Rache in Germany; Siegfried [part one] and The She-Devil [part two] in the United Kingdom; and as Siegfried [part one] and Kriemhild’s Revenge [part two] in the USA : [The Nibelungen Saga], [Siegfried’s Death], [The Death of Siegfried]
(1924) German
B&W : [?] 23? reels / [?] 6792? metres
Directed by Fritz Lang

Cast: Paul Richter [Siegfried], Margarethe Schöen [Kriemhild], Hans Adalbert von Schlettow [Hagen Tronje], Bernhardt Goetzke [Volker von Alzey], Hanna Ralph [Brunhild], Theodor Loos [König Gunther (King Gunther)], Gertrud Arnold [Königin Ute (Queen Ute)], Rudolf Klein-Rogge [König Etzel (King Etzel)], Georg John [Schmied Mime (Mime, the blacksmith); Nibelung Alberich (Alberich, the Nibelung)], Hans Carl Müller [Gerenot], Erwin Biswanger [Giselher], Hardy von François [Dankwart], Georg Jurowski [priester (the priest)], Frida Richard [runenmagd (runes maiden)], Iris Roberts [edelknabe (the noble boy)], Rudolf Rittner [Markgraf Rüdiger von Becklarn], Aenne Röttgen [Dietlind von Becklarn], Hubert Heinrich [Spielmann Werbel], Fritz Alberti [Dietrich von Bern], Georg August Koch [Hildebrand], Grete Berger [Hunnin]

Decla-Bioskop Aktiengesellschaft production; distributed by Universum-Film Aktiengesellschaft [UFA]. / Produced by Erich Pommer. Scenario by Thea von Harbou; from the [?] play? Die Nibelungen by [?] Friedrich Hebbel? Unit managers, Rudi George and Gustav Püttjer. Production design by Otto Hunte, Erich Kettelhut and Karl Vollbrecht. Dragon design by Karl Vollbrecht. Costume design by Paul Gerd Guderian, Änne Willkomm and Heinrich Umlauff. Properties by Walter Schulze-Mittendorff. Property master by Heinrich Umlauff. Makeup design by Otto Genath. Cinematography by Carl Hoffmann and Günther Rittau. Camera assistant, Günther Anders. Special optical effects by Ernst Kunstmann. Animation by Walther Ruttmann. Still photography by Horst von Harbou. Edited by [?] Paul Falkenberg? Original music score by Gottfried Huppertz. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / The production was shot at UFA’s Neubabelsberg studios near Berlin, Germany, from 1922 through November 1923. Originally released in Germany as a two-part film shown over two nights; Siegfried (at nine reels) was followed by Kriemhilds Rache. The two films were not released together outside Germany and are usually seen and referred to separately. Siegfried was released in 1924 in the United Kingdom. Siegfried was released in the USA, with intertitles by and reedited by Katharine Hilliker and H.H. Caldwell, on 30 August 1925. Kriemhilds Rache was released as The She-Devil in the United Kingdom in 1925. A synchronized music score was recorded in 1925 using the Phonofilm sound-on-film sound system, which premiered on 23 August 1925 at the Century Theatre in New York, New York. Kriemhilds Rache was released in the USA as Kriemhild’s Revenge in 1928. Siegfrieds Tod was rereleased in Germany with a synchronized music soundtrack in 1932.

Drama: Historical-Fantasy-Romance.

Survival status: Print exists [35mm positive].

Current rights holder: Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung.

Keywords: Animals: Horses - Blacksmiths - Death - Dragons - Early sound film - Magic - Synchronized sound film - Water - Waterfalls - Weapons: Spears, Swords

Listing updated: 28 September 2013.

References: Film credits, film viewing : Baer-Film p. 63; Bardèche-History pp. 193, 195, 255, 260, 343; Bohn-Light pp. 121, 127, 159; Brownlow-Parade p. 513; Card-Seductive pp. 10, 11; FilmDaily-1926 front endpapers, p. 55; Geduld-Birth pp. 39, 100; Jensen-Lang pp. 14, 18, 19, 21, 33, 39, 43, 46-57, 58, 59, 69, 70, 75, 78, 80, 85, 95, 110, 117, 137, 198, 199, 207; Lahue-Collecting p. 35; Limbacher-Feature pp. 133, 172, 222; Maltin-Guide p. 322; Marrero-Vintage p. 19; Perry-British p. 50; Shipman-Cinema p. 85; Sinyard-Silent pp. 162, 163; Taylor-Hitchcock p. 57 : Cinemonkey-16 p. 35; ClasIm-220 p. 11 : Website-Filmportal; Website-Wikipedia.

Home video: DVD.

 
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