@8 months ago with 7 notes
#tiller girls #berlin #1926 #brandenburg gate #kino location
The “Tiller Girls” on their way home from the Admiralspalast, in the background the Brandenburger Tor, 1926.
@11 months ago
#die nibelungen #fritz lang #1924 #siegfried #lang's dragon #kino location
“Howdy, Mr Lang!” Siegfried fights the fearsome friendly dragon in Fritz Lang’s DIE NIBELUNGEN. The German effects crew were very fond of their life-sized mechanical fire-breathing dragon, operated not by pneumatics and remote control, but by a gang of sweltering Germans crowded in the belly of the beast. Not animatronics, so much as Germanimatronics. But! Impressive as the contraption is, one can’t help but feel sympathy for the mighty mythic lizard, innocently lapping at a pool when Siegfried, pig-headedly intent on mayhem, comes gallumphing up and whacks the poor critter with his broadsword. And the reason we feel this way, I suggest, is the overall air of wounded innocence projected by the vast reptile, and this is all because of his eyes. You see, unlike every reptile in the natural world, the monster has been outfitted with two eyes which face front, rather than to the side, giving him stereoscopic vision and making him appear more simian than reptilian as far as his facial alignment goes. While it’s never entirely certain how truly sympathetic Lang intends Siegfried to be (and it’s more than likely that matters of sympathy appeared quite irrelevant to the meister with this particular material), it does seem unfortunate that he’s allowed an inappropriate anthropomorphism to kind of de-fang his reptilian menace. Still, that’s not a mistake he would ever make again. (via Fritz Lang « shadowplay)
@1 year ago with 5 notes
#fritz lang #die nibelungen #1924 #paul richter #kino location #lang's dragon
A still photo is being taken during the shooting of Siegfried’s fight with the dragon on Fritz Lang’s Die Nibelungen.