Its Liceu screening recalls the splendid premieres of silent films, which were major social and artistic events. One such film was The Nibelungs, a milestone in German cinema which was first seen at Berlin's UFA-Palast in 1924.
Fritz Lang's The Nibelungs is a silent, black-and-white film in two parts: The Death of Siegfried and Kriemhild's revenge. The music is by Gottfried Huppertz. Lang, who wrote it with his wife Thea von Harbou, drew on the sources used by Wagner for the Ring Cycle - without following the plot - and on Friedrich Hebbel's play Die Nibelungen (1862). The first part was later used as Nazi propaganda while the second, which is very different in style, was banned.
The screening of this UFA superproduction, directed by Fritz Lang, to a live performance of the original score by Gottfried Huppertz, is the contribution of the Gran Teatre del Liceu to the opening of the new headquarters of the Filmoteca de Catalunya.
Film by Fritz Lang. Revived by the Filmoteca de la Generalitat de Catalunya. Music: Die Nibelungen, Op. 25, by Gottfried Huppertz.
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