Shorter duration in several scenes and others omitted in the TV version do not impact this gorgeously sustained war drama with impeccable character development and superb camerawork, the claustrophobic effects of which are mitigated by beautiful lighting. Prochnow leads not only the U-boat but an excellent cast; patriotic and disillusioned. In spite of the pre-Hollywood style, it's a truly remarkable achievement.
An instant classic. This film manages to avoid politics, ideology and present the sailors as humans thrown into the absurd of war. Great camerawork and lighting, music, very strong cast and acting, so many unforgettable images, and this quote: "heading into the inexorable, where no mother will look after us, no woman will cross our path and where only reality reigns with cruelty and grandeur." from Rudolf G. Binding.
Now it all turns psychological, gentlemen. Here in the middle of the sea, it's always another story.
I hope you're taking notes. No getting laid. No sexy nurses. No hot telephone operators. Excellent prospects for drowning. Heading into the inexorable, where no mother will care for us, no woman crosses our path, where only reality reigns w/ cruelty & grandeur. I was drunk w/ those words. All you need is good people.
Petersen makes us feel every drop of sweat, the metallic coldness and claustrophobia of the sub, the chaos and screaming it can suddenly erupt into at any moment. As a result of that, Das Boot is patiently paced, yet always commanding and gripping. I swear you can almost taste the stink at times, and that's damn good filmmaking. The party scene deserves a lot of credit too, great way to open the film.
A true feat in cinematic realism and beauty -- the ability of Peterson to create the atmosphere of claustrophobia, fear and uneasiness through the use of lighting, camera-work and excellent casting is unrivaled among other contemporary films. The performances are truly breathtaking. The film unveils and is compelling at every moment just like a well-executed film should be. A true work of art. ¡Bravo!