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In the eye of the Ring

DVD

Animated film : 56 mins, colour, NTSC, all regions; Languages: English, German, French, Russian

Discover the fascinating world of symbols of "The Ring of the Nibelung"!
The Ring of the Nibelung

English - German libretto "Das Rheingold"
Authored by Richard Wagner, Illustrated by Polina Zinoviev
Reise ins Innere des Rings

DVD

Animated film (languages: English, French, German, Russian): 56 mins, colour, NTSC, all regions; Languages: English, German, French, Russian

"The Ring of the Nibelung" - a coherent phantasmagoria of powerful word, fabulous image and astounding music!


The adventures of the Ring span the depths of Rhine, the bowels of the Earth, where the dwarfs dig for gold, the summits, where the selfish gods dwell. Wotan, the chief of gods reigns and rules by the power of the Lance.

"Das Rheingold" is the first of the four Ring operas, it sets the scene with the theft of the Rhine gold, first by Alberich and then Wotan on behalf of the giants on a train of greed that will inexorably lead to the demise of the gods.

"Die Walkure" introduces Brunnhilde, daughter of the mighty god, Wotan. Brunnhilde's attempts to protect the incestuous siblings-lovers Siegmund and infuriates Wotan, he encircles his disobedient daughter with a ring of fire that only a hero can break.

"Siegfried" introduces the hero, Siegfried, son of the demi-gods Siegmund and Sieglinde. Though raised by the dwarf Mime, Siegfried discovers his true identity and forges the magic sword, Notung, with which he slays Mime and the dragon Fafner. He then defies the Wotan disguised as Wanderer and rescues sleeping Brunnhilde from the ring of fire. The opera ends with their radiant love song.

"Die Gotterdammerung" (Twilight of the gods) is the fourth and final Ring opera. Brunnhilde now has the Ring, given to her by Siegfried. But evil Hagen, son of Alberich dupes Siegfried into betraying his love for Brunnhilde, and the Ring is returned to Siegfried. On the banks of the Rhine, Hagen murders Siegfried. A distraught Brunnhilde takes the Ring from her dead lover and rides into her funeral pyre. Hagen snatches the Ring but is drowned in the flooding Rhine by the Rhinemaidens. The Ring returns to the Rhine. Valhalla goes up in flames of Apocalypse, marking the end time of gods.