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Das Boot

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Das Boot

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Herbert Gronemeyer, Jurgen Prochnow
director:
Wolfgang Petersen
author:
Wolfgang Petersen
genre:
Drama, War, Foreign Language

We gave it an A-

In the Line of Fire director Wolfgang Petersen put himself on the international map with this realistic, cinematically fluent World War II submarine flick that remains highly impressive despite its troubling Nazis Were Victims Too theme. This new laserdisc edition marks Das Boot‘s first video appearance in wide-screen, essential for appreciating Petersen’s carefully claustrophobic compositions. And there’s another, somewhat surreal, bonus: With the digital and analog soundtracks, you can access the film either in German or skillfully dubbed English. Since English subtitles remain on screen either way, you’ll note that some of the translations seem to have been scrambled by Woody Allen. When a crossword-puzzling sailor announces a clue as ”desert animal with two humps,” for example, the titles inexplicably render it as ”deep affection — four letters.” A-

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