Dir. Wolfgang Petersen, Germany 1981, 208 min., Blu-Ray HD projection, starring Herbert Grönemeyer, Juergen Prochnow, Martin Semmelrogge and Uwe Ochsenknecht.
Based on an autobiographical novel by German World War II photographer Lothar-Guenther Buchheim, the film follows the lives of a fearless U-Boat captain and his inexperienced crew as they patrol the Atlantic and Mediterranean in search of Allied vessels, taking turns as hunter and prey.
On September 17, 1981, the original version of Das Boot had its premiere in Munich.
With 5,8 Million viewers in Germany, this film is among Germany's ten most successful movies.
Das Boot was nominated for 6 Oscars in 1983 and bought it's director, Wolfgang Petersen, his ticket to Hollywood.
His superb direction, intense camera of Jost Vacano, and a stellar cast made Das Boot one of the most prolific German film ever.
Wolfgang Petersen’s Digitally Restored and Fully Remastered Epic is available On Blu-ray Disc June 7th 2011 from Sony
Pictures Home Entertainment.
Added by Goethe-Institut on May 3, 2011