Race and Religion in Nibelungen Films
Penton, Tara Lee
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While the themes of race and religion play a role in the Nibelungenlied, they do not drive the plot of the narrative in any significant way – a surprising fact when one considers the modern adaptations of the Siegfried myth, which appear to be largely centered around racial and religious differences. This thesis will analyze Fritz Lang’s Die Nibelungen, Harald Reinl’s Die Nibelungen, and Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, all of which highlight significant shifts in the reception of Nibelungen films.