Fritz Lang's silent film classicas an accompanying programme to Götterdammerung performed by Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Presented by Goethe-Institut Hongkong, in Collaboration with UA Cinehub
The Nibelungs – Part II. Kriemhild’s Revenge (Restored Version, Premiere in Hong Kong)
1924, Germany, Director: Fritz Lang, 130 mins
Original with English subtitles
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Richard Wagner’s opera, “Götterdammerung” on 18th and 21st January 2018, as the finale of the mammoth Ring Cycle. Fritz Lang’s silent film classic renders the dramatic tale in a congenial way – a better understanding to the opera, but also a distinct piece of film art itself. The Nibelungs – Kriemhild’s Revenge was restored in 2010 by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung.
As one of the greatest artistic and technical achievements of the German silent cinema, Fritz Lang's THE NIBELUNGS (scripted by Lang and his wife Thea von Harbou; the two later collaborated again on METROPOLIS) is a passionate retelling of the Nordic legend that served as the basis for Wagner’s Ring cycle.
The second installment of Fritz Lang’s great Nordic mythological saga, "Kriemhild’s Revenge" follows mythical heroine Kriemhild as she avenges the murder of her husband.
After Siegfried's death, the widowed Kriemhild lets Etzel, the King of the Huns, marry her, as part of her revenge masterplan. She gives birth to a child, and invites her brother King Gunther and Hagen, the murderer of her beloved Siegfried, to Etzel's court for a celebration. She tries to persuade Etzel and the other Huns to kill Hagen, but Hagen is protected by her brothers. A fierce battle begins to force her brothers to give Hagen to her…