Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924)
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Quite honestly gobsmacked by this, I mean I know it's Lang and you expect quality but this really did hit me hard.
What an achievement, the scope and ambition, the cinematography, composition, story-telling and spacial awareness. Lang creates fully realised worlds full of heroism, fantasy, revenge and wrath - I loved every minute of this, bring on the second part.
Times are incorrect, more like 141 for Siegfried and 144 for Revenge (second part of saga) for a total of nearly 5 hours.
The link has the correct length.
So far ahead of its time. Staggeringly ambitious and flawlessly executed. Three cheers for Lang.
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This movie ranks #14 in IMDb's 1920s Top 50
This movie ranks #16 in The British Film Institute: 360 Classics
This movie ranks #19 in Silent but not Forgotten: The best silent films
This movie ranks #21 in The 100 Most Significant German Films
This movie ranks #33 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
This movie ranks #43 in Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen
This movie ranks #45 in The Top 300 Silent Era Films
This movie ranks #46 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
This movie ranks #65 in Doubling the Canon
This movie ranks #177 in Masters Of Cinema
This movie ranks #772 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown