Das Boot ★★★★½

Jürgen Prochnow stars as the captain of a German u-boat patrolling the Atlantic Ocean in the fall of 1941. While neither a warmonger nor a zealous partisan, the Captain is nevertheless proud of both his position and vessel and, even though he has concerns about his young crew and the ascending fortunes of the British navy, is eager to put his ship into action. Given its nearly 4-hour running time, not a lot actually happens in Das Boot, but what does happen is dwelt on in such prolonged and effective detail that the audience practically assumes the role of crew member, feeling the claustrophobic clutter of the U96's cramped interior, the communal sweat (and other things) of so many men living in such tight quarters, the adrenaline and terror of battle, and the resilience of men against the spectre of doom.

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