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Obituary: R.I.P. Wolfgang Petersen. Love both Das Boot and The Perfect Storm. Thanks Ant.
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Re: ItB: RIP
Aug 17, 2022, 09:55
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Lothar-Günther Buchheim obit and more https://www.theguardian.com/news/2007/mar/05/guardianobituaries.germany
It was the most expensive German film ever made and was nominated for six Oscars. As one critic said: "The only thing that was missing from the film was the stink of unwashed men, cooked food, diesel oil, mould and fear".
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Re: ItB: RIP
Aug 17, 2022, 09:49
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Das Boot is an amazing movie. I first saw it in the theater and I'm pretty sure I bent the metal in the seat in front of me because I was gripping it so tightly. Been awhile. I'll have to dust it off and watch it again in his honor.

I've watched the movie several times. Only once in the English dubbed version. The dubbed version does it no justice. I much prefer German with English subtitles. The actors are so good at expressing emotion, that I want to hear it in their voices, even if I can't understand them.
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Aug 17, 2022, 07:14
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Petersen's movie Das Boot is based on an amazing book by the same name by Lother-Günther Buchheim. During WWII, Buchheim was a war correspondent and wrote about his experiences on several German submarines. Based on these and notes (mainly about what happened to the U96 and U309), he wrote the book that the movie and its different cuts are based on.
Petersen was awesome. He made a lot of typical Hollywood blockbusters. I like his pre-Hollywood Das Boot (especially the longer cut because it gives a much closer look on the boredom and wait the people in the subs experienced) and his Hollywood movies In the Line of Fire and The Perfect Storm the best.

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Aug 16, 2022, 22:23
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Burrito of Peace wrote on Aug 16, 2022, 20:09:
Mr. Tact wrote on Aug 16, 2022, 19:43:
I am definitely an Elvis guy, not a Beatles guy.

I'm a Black Sabbath guy.
On that front I am more of a Led Zeppelin guy.
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Re: ItB: RIP
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Mr. Tact wrote on Aug 16, 2022, 19:43:
I am definitely an Elvis guy, not a Beatles guy.

I'm a Black Sabbath guy.
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Re: ItB: RIP
Aug 16, 2022, 19:51
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Elvis was looking half dead in that clip. oof
imho (the only one that counts) Poseidon Adventure was the better movie. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069113/
And The Perfect Storm was a page turner and a good movie.
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Re: ItB: RIP
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"There are only two kinds of people in the world, Elvis people and Beatles people". I am definitely an Elvis guy, not a Beatles guy.
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Re: ItB: RIP
Aug 16, 2022, 19:34
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Das Boot is one of my top three movies of all time, hands down. It is the only film to truly capture the claustrophobia and terror of WW2 era submariners, regardless of which side one cares to choose. More than that, it's clear that Petersen had read the book Iron Coffins by Herbert Werner because the depth charging scene in particular is a direct clone of what Werner described in his book. If you're a WW2 sub nerd like me, and you haven't read it, you really should as it's written by an actual U-boat sailor and captain.

Enemy Mine is, of course, awesome and Poseidon is totally a guilty pleasure of mine.The rest of his films I am "meh" about, most especially The Neverending Story. It's been beaten in to the ground by those who can't stop nostalgia seeking from their childhood and when you strip that nostalgia away, it's just an O.K. film.

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Re: ItB: RIP
Aug 16, 2022, 19:26
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BoP made a good point about nostalgia.
RIP to a great director.

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Aug 16, 2022, 19:18
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Also really like The Perfect Storm. RIP.
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Re: ItB: RIP
Aug 16, 2022, 18:46
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Holy crap, didn't know that Wolfgang Peterson directed The Neverending Story. What a classic. I also enjoyed Air Force One at the time it came out, but something tells me it probably did not age very well.
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