Directed by Fritz Lang
Writer Thea von Harbou
In a follow-up to his adventure epic Siegfried, director Fritz Lang continues the tale of the 13th Century Norse legend, while delving into topics of deeper personal significance.
After Siegfried's death, Kriemhild -- sister of King Gunther -- is consumed by hatred and an unquenchable thirst for vengeance. Enlisting the aid of Attila the Hun and his marauding legions, she intends to tear apart her brother's kingdom until Siegfried's murderer is handed over to her.
What begins as a traditional revenge tale becomes emotionally charged with Lang's cynical attitudes toward vengeance and mob hysteria. As the film races towards it frightening climax, there is little to distinguish between the man who killed Siegfried and the woman who pits army against army and brings about the slaughter of her countrymen in the name of "justice."
Lang heightened the story's dramatic tension by meticulously choreographing the actors' positioning within the huge, expressionistic sets constructed for the film, so that every shot works to subtly enhance the steadily intensifying conflict.
Riveting from start to finish, Kriemhild's Revenge is an unforgettable glimpse into the heart of darkness of the human soul that ranks alongside Lang's similar examinations of human bloodlust: M, Fury, and The Big Heat.
This edition of Kriemhild's Revenge is more than 50 minutes longer than any previously available version, restoring Part Two of Lang's masterful Nibelungen Saga to its full glory.
"A stirring saga of proundly mythical appeal!" - Kevin Thomas, The Los Angeles Times
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