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by Allan Fish

(West Germany 1981 293m) DVD1/2

Aka. The Boat

Not in the condition to fuck

p  Günther Röhrbach  d/w  Wolfgang Petersen  novel  Lothar-Günther Buchheim  ph  Jost Vacano  ed  Hannes Nikel  m  Klaus Doldinger  art  Rolf Zehetbauer, Gotz Weidner  cos  Monkia Bauert  spc  Karl Baumgartner  sound  Milan Bor, Trevor Pyke, Mike Le-Mare

Jürgen Prochnow (Der Alte, Lt Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock), Herbert Grönemeyer (Lt.Werner), Klaus Wennemann (Fritz Grade, Leitender Ingenieur), Hubertus Bengsch (Lerster Wachoffizier), Martin Semmelrogge (Zweiter Wachoffizier), Bernd Tauber (Kriechbaum, Obersteuerman), Erwin Leder (Johann), Martin May (Ullmann), Heinz Hoenig (Hinrich), Uwe Ochsenknecht (Bootsman), Claude-Oliver Rudolph (Ario), Jan Fedder (Pilgrim), Ralf Richter (Frenssen), Joachim Bernhard (Bibelforscher), Oliver Stritzel (Schwaller), Maryline Moulard (Françoise), Otto Sander (Thomsen), Gunter Lamprecht (Capt.Weser), Rita Cadillac (Monique), Konrad Becker (Bockstiegel),

Wolfgang Petersen’s submarine drama is a difficult film to discuss in that it exists in so many different versions.  When it first came to screens in the US and UK, it was in the form of a 1981 142m movie version which, though technically impressive, had very little by way of character development and was more awe-inspiring than involving.  Sixteen years later it got the director’s cut treatment, a 216m extended version that got great praise from many as one of the great war films.  Yet still it seemed hurried, jerky, and somewhat censored.  Back in 1984, British TV audiences experienced the full power of the TV version of Petersen’s film and both they and the critics hailed it as a masterpiece, with Ludovic Kennedy proclaiming it the best war film he had ever seen.  For years, fans of the TV original had to tell those salivating over either shorter film version that they still really hadn’t seen it, that so much was missing.  Only in the new millennium, with the advent of DVD and digital restoration, could Petersen’s full vision be appreciated and savoured.  Only then did those who so hailed either film version realise what they had seen was the shadow of the original, an original worthy of its place alongside the great epic TV works of Fassbinder, Reitz and Syberberg already included in this list. (more…)

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