Das Boot

I had been wanting to re-watch this for many years, and finally did a couple of nights ago. I remembered absolutely nothing, not even one single scene, so I am wondering if I did see it, pretty sure I did.

What I didn’t realise when I started watching this was that it is over 3 hours long (the director’s cut), which I did not discover until about half way through, so it was bit of a marathon but wasn’t hard.

Darn good film, something only the Germans could make, Hollywood would ruin it. It was almost ruined by Hollywood actually, it originally was going to have an American director, and Robert Redford and Paul Newman were asked to do the main role but for various reasons couldn’t.

The acting was superb and it showed quite well what life on a U-boat was like, at least it seemed to. The story while slow in places was never boring.

Read the Wiki page about it, especially the production and criticism parts. The criticism may have been valid but at the end of the day it is a film, not a documentary.

Date watched: August 22nd
Score: 9.5/10
Film count 2013: 98
Rotten score: 98%

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