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 Buchheim]
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.
A 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.