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Cast: Bernd Tauber, Herbert Grönemeyer, Herbertus
Bengsch, Jürgen Prochnow, Klaus Wennemann, Martin Semmelrogge; Directed by:
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 of a fearless U-Boat
captain (Jurgen Prochnow) and his inexperienced crew as they patrol the Atlantic
and Mediterranean in search of Allied vessels, taking turns as hunter and prey.
There's very little plot, so the movie's power comes from both its riveting,
epic battle scenes and its details of the boring hours spent waiting for orders
or signs of the enemy. With the exception of one staunch Hitler Youth
lieutenant, none of the crew is particularly loyal to the Nazis, and some are
openly hostile toward their Fuhrer; this allows viewer sympathy with the men as
they perform their laborious, monotonous duties in cramped, filthy quarters, or
await death as depth charges explode all around the sub. Prochnow is excellent
as the nerves-of-steel commander, and many of the supporting actors -- all
German -- are solid as well, although the characterizations border on war movie
clichés (the young crewman who has left behind his pregnant girlfriend, the
Chief Engineer whose wife is seriously ill). The real star, however, is
cinematographer Jost Vacano, who makes the sub's grimy, claustrophobic interior
come to vivid life, as his camera follows the crew through hatches, up ladders,
into bunks, and under pipes, creating a palpable sense of claustrophobia while
injecting it with movement. Originally edited by writer/director Wolfgang
Petersen as both a two-and-a-half hour theatrical release and a six-hour German
miniseries, Das Boot was re-released in a restored version in 1997 with nearly
one hour of added footage which made it even more suspenseful than before.