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Old 28th March 2006   #1
Emily
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Default The Ring of the Nibelung

This post is really off-topic, but I hope I'll be permitted to share it, because it touches on several themes (opera, and Old World culture) that have often come up on this forum.

When the Lord of the Rings movies came out, I suspect that everyone who is a Wagner fan hoped that someday, Wagner's opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen (the original epic chronicle of a ring of power) would get a similar epic film treatment.

Well, this has now actually happened. Almost.

I don't receive the "Sci-Fi Channel" where I live, but a friend of mine does, and she told me that last night, they broadcast the American TV premiere of a movie adaptation of Wagner's Ring cycle.

The Sci-Fi channel gave this film the title Dark Kingdom, for some reason, but the original English title was, in fact, The Ring of the Nibelungs. It has a terrific, LOTR-style web site here:

http://www.ring-of-the-nibelungs.com/

And to see just how closely it approximates the look of the Lord of the Rings movies, you can see an exciting trailer here:

http://www.ring-of-the-nibelungs.com/Nibelungen.mpeg

Sadly, the actresses in the film are (predictably) either severe or waifish-looking (so much for historical authenticity!), so I won't post their images. But I do want to show a picture of the famous clash between Wotan and Siegfried, which is just how I've always pictured it:



It's too bad it wasn't a major international release, the way Peter Jackson's films were. But then again, considering the way Tristan & Isolde was basically buried and given zero publicity, maybe it's just as well.

It's nice to see more works of Old World culture being brought to a modern audience.

Oh, and the Sci-Fi channel's less-impressive site for this series can be found here:

http://www.scifi.com/darkkingdom/
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