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A German submarine hunts allied ships during the Second World War. Soon it becomes hunted itself. The crew tries to survive below the surface, while stretching both the boat and themselves to their limits...
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It's one thing to fill a 90 minute film with relentless action, interesting and sympathetic characters, and a relatively fresh perspective on WWII, but to stretch that to 3.5 hours? And contain that action to little more than three small rooms? It's an amazing feat that Das Boot pulls off, and is justifiably labeled as not only one of the best German films ever made, but one of the best war films ever made (no small feat considering how crowded that category is).
Wolfgang Peterson plots Das Boot out to feel like a blockbuster - big explosions, manly men doing manly things, and a bombastic score. In other words, he did not squander…
Yeah, yeah. They keep together, balls in hand. And the belief in our Führer in their eyes.
I've only seen it once, but I am ready to call Das Boot one of the very finest war films I've ever seen in my entire life. I honestly think it ranks up there with Apocalypse Now, Paths of Glory and Full Metal Jacket but easily trumps all three in how it almost effortlessly brings to life the sheer terror and stress of the battlefield.
But in this case the battlefield is the unforgiving sea and the soldiers are sailors cramped inside a steamy dripping tin can that could be ruptured, blown up or sunk at any given moment. This is submarine warfare.…
I asked for it. 'To be heading into the inexorable... where no mother will care for us... no woman crosses our path... where only reality reigns... with cruelty and grandeur.' I was drunk with those words. Well, this is reality.
What exactly are you supposed to say about Das Boot that hasn't already been said? It's probably the greatest war movie told from "the other side" next to the original All Quiet on the Western Front.
The key to these films aren't their realistic portrayal of war, but their realistic portrayal of people. The characters in Das Boot are full of humanity and don't feel like glamorized or stereotypical war caricatures. Some of them have already gone through…
A huge running time in one of my least favourite genres. This had work to do from the offset to get me onside and it succeeded with ease. A 3 1/2 hour war film sounds like hell to me but the approach this film took appealed in a number of ways.
Firstly it's from a German perspective. To see a WWII officer drunkenly mocking Adolf Hitler early in proceedings was unusual to me. This scene of debauchery as a young crew drink the night away before their departure to war the next day was a great start. Normally we're used to seeing these characters a lot more emotionless and less human in the movies.
Secondly this might be the first…
A lot of people have noted the skill of the camera work in this film. They point out that the camera effortlessly moves though the confined spaces of a U-Boat. They point out that the movie feels more intimate and claustrophobic because of the narrow, cramped space. I agree totally with those comments, but for me there is an even more confined space that tells the story even better. That space is captured in the faces of the crew of the ship. The close ups and reaction shots of the crew really elevated this film for me.
I saw this film on Bluray and it looked great, but even more important, it sounded fantastic. This is a film that rely's…
Wolfgang Petersen seems to have an affinity with the sea. He's made more movies with the seas and oceans as protagonists than anything else. From "Das Boot" to "The Perfect Storm" to that turkey "Poseidon" he pits man against the elements.
Das Boot was a commercial and critical success back in 1981 when released theatrically. Over the years Petersen would tinker with the excessive amount of extra footage he shot and this directors cut from 1997 runs at over 3 and a half hours in duration. As a testament to Germany's over-reliance on the U-Boats to cripple the Trans-Atlantic help offered to Britain during the early years of the war this shows the utter ruthlessness of the submariners.
This movie kinda doesn't fuck around. Brilliant technical achievement, particularly in the realm of audio--the majority of the movie had no sound recorded on set because it was impossible to get good sound on the submarine set, with the moving camera and crazy reverberation. So like 85% of this movie is sound effects and ADR/dubbing for the dialogue, yet it all sounds amazingly real. It's tense, it's uncompromising, and it takes a big shit on any notion that war is glorious, but all while being pretty damn entertaining. Watching the director's cut on the big screen is a great experience, especially since you have to sit there for 3.5 hours with no intermission, which feels like the least you can do, considering you're watching a buncha guys crammed into a tight space for months.
Hey, whatever happened to the Wolfgang Petersen who made this? Did that guy ever do anything afterwards? (Watched the 210 minute director's cut)
This is a good, claustrophobic thriller.
Intense. Heart in your throat. Incredible human stories. Heartbreaking.
World War 2 is seen as the "Good War" so it is hard to show the pointlessness and brutality of battle from the Allied Forces side. That is why Das Boot is so effective, because it is able to show that even WW2 was bullshit by boarding us on a German U boat. The crew of the cramped U boat give us humanity without ever glorifying war.
Perhaps I should have watched the theatrical cut (assuming it's available) instead of the director's cut, but that's a mistake I made, and I think even without the extra hour of runtime the same problems would have been apparent. Das Boot is pretty thrilling at first, but its characters are lifeless and its action is repetitive. 100–120 minutes might have been a more appropriate length.
It's actually pretty clear after just a few minutes how the movie won't be very good, but it will be well-liked. By that point you'll have seen several long takes, all of which serve to take you down some road or corridor. It's the gimmicky way of using long takes (Altman did a good job…
This IS the greatest war film of all time and one of the greatest films ever made. FACT.
I don't even know how they fit a camera in this submarine
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