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Michael Springate <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 3 Sep 2000 18:58:48 +0000
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Just to try to set the record straight, are you really referring to the
silent film Die Nibelungen of 1924, directed by Fritz Lang, screenplay by
Thea von Harbou, (in two parts: Siegfrieds Tod, and Kriemhilds Rache) ??

There's a very good recent book dealing with The Nibelungen, called Richard
Wagner, Fritz Lang and the Nibelungen: The Dramaturgy of Disavowal, written
by David J Levin, 1998.

Those interested in story structures where history and myth are intended to
conflate might be interested in this book.

The attempt at Historical Epic was central to Lang at that point, and his
next film (1926) was the much more famous Metropolis, which is now generally
called the first Science Fiction film.


Louis Cabri wrote:

> Dear Charles, what I meant to say was that your post had reminded me
> *about* the existence of the '30s silent film made of *The
> Niebelungenlied* -- as in, ah-ha! I remember X, & Y, & Z! All these seem
> relevant to historically examining the dragon myth in Pound's time and
> context. I did not mean to write or insinuate that you, personally, remind
> me of X, Y or Z. Thanks for letting me know. This way I can offer you my
> sincere apology. -Louis