A matinee screening of Fritz Lang’s 1924 silent movie epic Siegfried, accompanied on live piano by BBC Radio 4’s Neil Brand, the world’s leading silent movie pianist who has performed live scores for a number of classic features.
Made by the director who is famous for the hugely influential expressionist film Metropolis, Fritz Lang’s black and white cinema masterpiece Siegfried is adapted from the same myth that Wagner drew on for The Ring Cycle.
Siegfried (Paul Richter), son of King Siegmund, masters the art of forging a sword at the shop of Mime (George John). On his journey home, he hears tales of Kriemhild, the princess of Burgundy (Margarete Schoen). En route to Burgundy, Siegfried slays the dragon Fafnir, and bathes in his blood. This makes him invulnerable to attack — except for one spot on his shoulder blade which he has missed…
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