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Die Nibelungen, Teil 1 - Siegfried (1966)

Volker von Alzey, the royal bard of the Burgunds (far greater then modern Burgundy), ruled by the Christian, papist king Gunther, who has two brave, loyal brothers and a sister Kriemhild, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Uwe Beyer ... Siegfried
Rolf Henniger ... König Gunther
Siegfried Wischnewski ... Hagen
Maria Marlow ... Kriemhild
Hans von Borsody ... Volker von Alzey
Terence Hill ... Giselher (as Mario Girotti)
Fred Williams ... Gernot
Dieter Eppler ... Rüdiger von Bechlarn
Samson Burke Samson Burke ... Blo-Edin
Skip Martin ... Alberich
Hilde Weissner ... Königin Ute
Barbara Bold Barbara Bold ... Hildegunt
Ingrid Lotarius Ingrid Lotarius ... Gudrun
Maria Hofen Maria Hofen ... Frigga
Djordje Nenadovic Djordje Nenadovic ... Slaodel (as George Heston)
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Volker von Alzey, the royal bard of the Burgunds (far greater then modern Burgundy), ruled by the Christian, papist king Gunther, who has two brave, loyal brothers and a sister Kriemhild, tells in rhyme the tale of Siegfried of Xanthen, who in the northern kingdom of the Lowlands was a forgery apprentice, till his jealous rival's attack made him drench his blade in blood, which made it all-splitting, the right means to slay the feared-most dragon, Rachnir, whose blood makes him, once bathed in it, invulnerable; Alberich, king of the Alves, whose helmet of invisibility he beats, shows him the dragon-protected ring of the Nibelungen, and he sets out by ship for Iceland, to awake its maiden queen Brunhild, but refuses to stay with her, returning southward to rule from Xanthen on the Rhine and seek himself a queen. Siegfried challenges Gunther at Easter to a duel for both realms, is however proposed instead a preferable marital alliance with Gunther's sister Kriemhild. Just after their ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Language:

German

Release Date:

13 December 1966 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Whom the Gods Wish to Destroy See more »

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A great film for the big screen
6 March 2005 | by mcarraraSee all my reviews

Saw this film when it came out in Mexico city, around Christmass of 1967. the tittle was "Whom the Gods Wishes to Destroy", subtitle "Los Nibelungos" (Spanish for "Die Nibelungen). If the first part was 91 minutes and the second part was 110, that makes 201 minutes. The complete version I saw was 195 minutes. I don't know how nearly 6 minutes of can damages any film, specially in the sixties when a film of tree hours or more was a norm. Also, the film opened at the Cine Manacar, one of those wonderful movie palaces of the era now long go, in a superb 70mm print, with 6 tracks stereophonic sound. and asset that i'm afraid no DVD or the best Home Theatre will cant match today. Yes the film is must for moviegoers. It's a pity not to see it the way was originally shown.


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