Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Das Boot (The Boat)

Wolfgang Peterson, 1981, Germany (8.9*)

This gripping war drama follows the tension aboard a German U-boat throughout World War II. This has to be the most involving and well-made submarine film of all time, nominated for six Oscars®. Of course it's a bit claustrophobic, as we seldom get fresh air, just like the crew. Sometimes when you expose yourself in wartime, all hell breaks loose.

Successful worldwide, it was also a six-hour miniseries in Germany. Six hours seems a bit long however; the only fault with this theatrical version is perhaps it's length, a bit long at over three hours. The cast, led by Jurgen Prochnow as the Captain, could not be better; and Peterson first wanted Paul Newman for the role!


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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.

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