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  • Spies

    Spies

    ★★★★

    Nothing is to deter a man from the path of duty... not even a woman!

    As Lang once commented, it's "a small film, but with a lot of action." And action there is—the plot and structure and pacing feels just like a James Bond film, only this is a full quarter century before Bond was invented!

    Megalomaniac and criminal mastermind Haghi wants to capture a document that would otherwise ensure peace in the Far East, and it's up to Agent 326 and the lovely Russian spy Sonya Baranikova to stop him. It's fun and thrilling throughout.

  • Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge

    Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge

    ★★★★

    Look! Volker prepares his fiddle for one final song!

    More bloody and vicious than the first part (see: child murder). Kriemhild, having vowed to avenge her beloved Siegfried, aligns through marriage with Etzel/Attila the Hun and wages war against the Burgundians, her family, and the evil Hagen Tronje.

    And O! what destruction hath this evil wrought! All who died did so because of King Gunter's misplaced loyalty—see how many times characters swear oaths and take pride in upholding them, even…

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  • The Last Temptation of Christ

    The Last Temptation of Christ

    ★★★★

    I'm ashamed when I think of it. Of all the mistakes I've made. Of all the wrong ways I'd looked for God.

    For forty days and forty nights—according to Scripture—Jesus fasted in the desert, and the devil thrice appeared before him to temp him: first with bread, that he should ease his suffering; then with doubt, that he should try his divinity; and finally with all the power and possessions of the world, that he should stray from the path…

  • Die Nibelungen: Siegfried

    Die Nibelungen: Siegfried

    ★★★★

    Damned be the deed half done!

    Germanic legend wrought in cinema as epic fantasy. Awesome set design and operatic costumes with a couple hokey special effects (the dragon in particular), but this thing sucks you into the action and drama and vainglorious tragedy that is the story of Siegfried. Lang is undoubtedly a master of the craft.