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Day 20-21 - 尼伯龍根 (Die Nibelungen)

Day 20 – Die Nibelungen: Siegfried, 1924 (Fritz Lang)

剛巧遇上今年電影節重映<Destiny> (三生記),很開心又可以在大銀幕看到Fritz Lang的作品,比<三生記>晚兩年出品的<Die Nibelungen> (尼伯龍根是我至愛的默片之一,由於經典,也是隔幾年又重映,史詩科幻的<尼伯龍根>改編自中世紀德語史詩,電影分上下集,上集就是<齊格菲之死>。1924年Fritz Lang還在威瑪共和國 (德國),他與當時妻子Thea von Harbou合寫劇本,將這個著名北歐神話人物齊格菲,如何在森林中屠龍,小鳥教他用龍血淋身得以保護血肉身體,然後在Alberich的領土不受財富誘惑,成功脫身終於到達目地Burgundy ,他與國王交易,替他贏得巴辣的冰島女皇之歡心,終把得到公主谷德倫,夫妻恩愛,可惜,冰島女皇後來知道真相,與大臣合謀找出了齊格菲的弱點,森林中暗算他,谷德倫傷心慾絕,發誓為夫復仇。

1924年電影只是面世了廿幾年,還在萌芽期,沒有現在的高科技或CG特效,然而當中的場面例如屠龍,龍要與人對打,又噴火又流血,還有隱形之術,都是攝影師在鏡頭下呈現的幻像,正所謂cinema就是利用不同的角度,鏡頭,道具,錯覺,剪接或者菲林的特性去製造幻像,而Fritz Lang的<尼伯龍根>就是完美地呈現了史詩式奇幻默片的美學。

Day 21 – Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild’s Revenge, 1924 (Fritz Lang) 20 more words

Motion Picture

Dietrich & Riefenstahl

Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century In Two Lives

By Karin Wieland

Having read previous books on Marlene Dietrich, I came into this latest edition on her life well versed on her story and the major points of her film career and turning to the stage for the later part of her life singing on tour around the globe. 783 more words

Book Takes

Classic Movie Of The Week: Secret Beyond The Door (1947)

Director: Fritz Lang

Starring: Joan Bennett, Michael Redgrave, Anne Revere

I was drawn to add this film to my watch list for two reasons. 292 more words


The Brutal Big Heat

2017.23: The Big Heat (1953) – Blu ray

There’s a scene in The Big Heat… happily-married, decent cop and father Dave Bannion (Glenn Ford) is at home with his wife and child. 731 more words


M (1931)


Other than Citizen Kane (1941) is there any film that shaped modern cinema more than Fritz Lang’s (1931)? is not only magnificent for it’s terrific use of sound but for the gripping story that comes along with it. 305 more words


They Live by Night

I hadn’t seen They Live by Night (1948) for a while and forgot how much of the film focused on Bowie (Farley Granger) and Keechie (Cathy O’Donnell). 763 more words

Moving pictures 2017, #17

The run of Chinese films from LoveFilm is still going, although only one of the two in this post from that country was actually a rental. 1,576 more words