Two years in pre-production, nine months in shooting, nearly five hours long – if anything deserves the term ‘epic’ it’s Fritz Lang’s film.
Drawing on the same Nordic mythology as Wagner’s four-part opera cycle, it packs in love, murder, a 40-minute battle sequence and some monumentally slow acting.
In Part 1 (‘Siegfried’), the hero slays a dragon, marries Burgundian princess Kriemhild and meets a treacherous fate.
Part 2 (‘Kriemhild’s Revenge’) sees the lady marry Etzel (Attila the Hun) and plot revenge.
The film’s said to have been used as inspiration for staging the Nuremberg Rallies.