Nothung on TV

Devotees of Wagner’s Ring and the Fritz Lang Siegfried silent film (not to mention all those Lord of the Rings fanboys) will find at least something to enjoy in the miniseries The Dark Kingdom, beginning tonight on The SciFi Network.

Now, La Cieca admits that the bio for the guy who plays Siegfried begins less than promisingly:

German-born actor Benno Fürmann landed his first lead role in Bernd Schadewald‘s Schuld war nur der Bossa Nova (Blame It on the Bossa Nova)

But, on the other hand, where else are you going to get the luxurious casting of Max von Sydow as Mime?

7 Responses to “Nothung on TV”

  1. meretrice i. d'oscena Says:

    umm… should Mime be 4 inches taller than Siegfried?
    Mime the Merciless looks like he could take Siegfried with both hands tied behind his back.

  2. papagenodz Says:

    for pictures of the Zambello American Ring

  3. Is Von Sydow’s Mime going to get fed to the dragon? My idea of Mime is Heinz Zednick in the old Ponelle Bayreuth production of Siegfried. I cannot remember who sang Mime in the taped Levine production.

  4. Baritenor Says:

    Well, he’s not actually Mime…His character is named Evlung or something and is described as “kindly”. It’s a very loose adaption of the story.

  5. Boringwhitegirl Says:

    Hey, Wagner was a loose interpretation of the story. Okay, it’s pretty cheesy, especially the dinorama dragon, but let’s keep in mind Wagner cobbled together two very different cycles for his work — which is why many of us aren’t that crazy about Brunnhilde in Gotterdammerung — at least until Valhalla burns and she gets singing.

  6. Baritenor Says:

    Yeah, I have some problems with Gotterdamerung too, but it’s not Brunnhilde’s bit. The Norn scene is the prime example of Wagner’s “Let me stop the plot twenty minutes and recap” tactic, something that worked in Walkure (Wotan’s monolouge) and in Siegfried (the riddle scene) but, unless done exactly right, seems tedious here. WE ALREADY KNOW ABOUT ALBRICH AND THE RING! MOVE ON!

  7. papagenodz Says:

    “unless done exactly right” — precisely. The writing of this moment is glorious, and when it’s staged too ominously and too staticly, it doesn’t come off properly.

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