I thought that Siegfried's appearance was pretty goofy. He was so damn scrawny for being so supposedly strong.
Which half of the film did you prefer?
I finished the second half this morning, then rewatched a good chunk of it again. I easily prefer the first half. While I like the battle scenes in Kriemhild’s Revenge
and always appreciate monomanical revenge at all costs, the first film felt more mythological, had overall more memorable scenes, did not have as many illogical mistakes (though as I mentioned above it had a few) and kept my interest more.
Rudolf Klein-Rogge's Attila the Hun was my favorite character (even with his penchant for overacting) within the film and completely agree he was the most human in the film. The baby talk scenes were hilarious. Seriously, one of the more ugly and effective make-up jobs. Of course it makes you feel that Kriemhildmonomaniacal will do anything to exact revenge for the death, that she was a big reason for, her beloved (making the ending even more poignant).
Hagen Tronje (figuring out that first letter is quite annoying, is it an H or is it some unknown character) did the most idiotic thing in this film by killing the kid. That really seemed illogical (other than its use in getting Attila to go against his guests). Also no Kingdom on Earth would send all their princes over to a potentially hostile area.
I think an interesting topic from these two films is the rigidity of code and how it can destroy.
Like in Ben Hur
(1925) some of the battle scenes felt dangerous to the actors/stunt people (though several times you can tell when they were doubled with dummies). Very impressive. Good point in putting it toward the end because the slow lead up to it (watching it a second time made it really noticeable) really makes the film uneven in pacing.
I am glad to get this over with. I don't think I'll revisit (at least the second half) anytime in the next few years.
I recently rewatched Metropolis
(though this time with Complete footage) as well. That is a film I have seen several times (though first time with the new footage) and is still one of my favorite silent movies. I didn't realize until watching it that the added scenes were of such atrocious shape, though I'm quite glad they were found. Of course it is aggravating when you find out that they had the original and destroyed it (mentioned dozens of times in the extras).