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TODAY'S EPISODE (29 December 2010)

From Fritz Lang's Siegfried (1923): Kukla and Ollie share a rare moment of repose...

Siegfried.jpg in the knowledge that a mere thirty years later they'd be two of the biggest stars of the Golden Age of Television.


Okay, I know, I know --  that joke does a tremendous disservice to Siegfried, which -- along with Kriemhild's Revenge, its companion in Lang's Die Nibelungenin series -- in actual fact is one of the supreme visual achievements of the silent film era. But I really couldn't help myself; the first time I saw it, back on an early 90s laserdisc, I immediately flashed on Kukla, Fran and Ollie, perhaps my fondest memory of 50s kids TV.

What can I tell you -- time plays nasty tricks even on masterpieces.

Tags: Fritz Lang, Siegfried, Kukla Fran and Ollie

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  • sid sherman on 29 December 2010

    Well -- somebody's definitely showing their age today.

  • Gwen De Marco on 29 December 2010

    I loved Kukla, Fran and Ollie ... although I remember the puppets looking better than that. Ah, the naive eyes of childhood ...

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