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Das Boot starts inin La Rochelle. We see a U-Boot crew leave the harbour. They are cheering, singing and looking forward to their mission. The crew members are mostly young, in their late teens and early twenties, only their captain is thirty years old.
Most of the characters are complex and likable and not exactly Nazis. The worst thing that happens is a three-week storm. And that is awful.
The captain lets them dive occasionally for an hour or two, just to give the men some rest. The second part of the series, is much more action packed.
They encounter destroyers and are shot at by planes. When they think they can finally return to La Rochelle after a few weeks, they are sent to Vigo in Spain, to resupply, and from there to Italy.
The most exciting part is when they have to pass the straits of Gibraltar, get hit and sink rapidly. The fight for the boat and, ultimately, for their lives, is one of the most gripping scenes in war movie history.
It takes place just before they leave Vigo. The captain and his officers are invited to dine with the officers stationed in Vigo. Without ever being openly aggressive or rebellious, the crew sabotages the nice little dinner event by just being themselves— gruff looking, outspoken and past niceties.
I loved how this showed the hypocrisy of those officers who were true to the regime but not willing to actually fight for their country. Most of the action takes place inside but we occasionally see the U-Boot from outside, see how it silently glides through the waters, like a predator.
Showing this like that is such a minimalistic approach but it works well. The music underlines the different elements and changes accordingly.
But not only are they in constant danger but they also have to put up with a lot of other dificult things: No wonder the men look far less cheerful and aged when they finally return to La Rochelle.
He happens to be one of my favourite German singers.
His lyrics are simply brilliant.Das Boot is one of the most gripping and authentic war movies ever made. Based on an autobiographical novel by German World War II photographer Lothar-Guenther Buchheim, the film follows the lives 98%. While it has been a very long time since I have seen this movie, it is one of the very few that I own.
Wolfgang Petersen's magnificent accomplishment in "Das Boot" is reiterating the dictum that "war is hell", no matter which side you look at it from and no matter where the battlefield is located. Dear Twitpic Community - thank you for all the wonderful photos you have taken over the years. We have now placed Twitpic in an archived state.
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By the mid 19 th century, the beer boot made its way to Germany and became very popular. The tradition of drinking beer from a boot started in the military as a hazing ritual. Young men were initiated into their troop by having to drink an entire boot of beer from the literal boot of a fellow soldier.
I love this movie. I can’t believe I didn’t rewatch it earlier.
When I started this blog I wrote a Top 10 favourite war movies list and Wolfgang Petersen’s Das Boot was one of them. I’m glad to say that after rewatching it, it’s still among my Top 10, even among my Top 3.