Maidenquest (1971)

Article 2162 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 2-15-2007
Posting Date: 7-14-2007
Directed by David F. Friedman and Adrian Hoven
Featuring Raimund Harmstorf, Sybil Danning, Heidy Bohlen

In order to win the favors of Kriemhild, Siegfried must use his incredible endurance to help King Gunther win the hand of Brunhild.

In this series so far, they did it for the Grimm Brothers (GRIMM’S FAIRY TALES FOR ADULTS) and Hansel and Gretel (THE EROTIC ADVENTURES OF HANSEL AND GRETEL). Heck, why not have a softcore skin flick of the great Nordic saga of Siegfried? Actually, as these things go, this makes a little bit more sense; unlike the other two movies, this one doesn’t need huge changes to the story to adapt it to this approach. As a result, this movie pretty much follows the standard story of Siegfried as I know it (except that there’s an orgy every ten minutes or so). There are a few differences; Siegfried never had a Sancho Panza-like sidekick before, for one. They also omit the beginning of the story where Siegfried takes on the dragon, but given the usual action Siegfried performs with his long, swift sword, maybe the movie’s just being merciful. Still, you can only follow the Siegfried saga up to a point before you hit the moment where this sort of approach is no longer a good fit; after all, the whole second half of the story involves Kriemhild’s revenge at Siegfried’s death, and the main question to me was where this movie would go when the time came to kill off the main character. They reach this point at the end of the movie, and I’m not surprised they handled it the way they did. This movie features an early performance by Sybil Danning as Kriemhild.


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