Set aboard a German U-boat in 1942, this follows the crew's attempts to survive the Battle of the Atlantic, and understand the regime which they serve.
Shot with absorbing veracity, the film alternates mundane claustrophobia - rarely has boredom been portrayed so rivetingly - with sequences of nerve-shredding tension. While it is oft said that the director's masterstroke was to portray the humanity behind the German war effort, Das Boot displays pure filmmaking know-how. Masterful.
Reviewed by Neil Jeffries
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