DAS BOOT (THE BOAT) (15)
D: Wolfgang Petersen
Bavaria Atelier (Gunter Rohrbach)
West Germany 🇩🇪 1981 (released 1982)
W: Wolfgang Petersen [based on the novel by Lothar-Gunther
DP: Jost Vacano
Ed: Hannes Nikel
Mus: Klaus Doldinger
PD: Rolf Zehetbauer
Jurgen Prochnow (Capt.-Lt. Henrich Lehmann-Willenbrock),
Herbert Gronemeyer (Lt. Werner), Klaus Wennemann (Leitende Fritz Grade), Hubertus Bengsch (1st Lieutenant), Martin Semmelrogge (2nd Lieutenant)
Classic German war film following the crew of a U-boat as they
undertake their orders on a suicidal mission, making a potential one-way trip into enemy waters.
The film is incredibly well made with brilliant photography
which perfectly captures the claustrophobic, cramped conditions of those on board the submarine.
full German cast portrays the Nazi soldiers without the usual stereotypes, headed by a strong lead performance by Jurgen Prochnow, who broke into Hollywood movies following this.
Even with the knowledge that this is a war film from the point
of view of the enemy, it does demonstrate horrors of conflict even if we can't root for the characters to succeed in their mission.