Auntie Dee Dee wrote:Definitely on Das Boot. Excellent.
The author hates that adaption. He is fascinated about the technical parts (esp. the boats and the bunker pens) but says that the acting had not much to to with the reality.
The original plan was a totally US-ified version with Robert Redford as commander of the sub and with every possible cliche in it.
Buchheim says that sometimes he wishes that this version had been made because nobody sane outside the US would have taken it seriously but now this film is taken for a completely accurate description of the real thing.
I hear the English dub removed a lot of spoken obscenities.
The Cruel Sea
was very well made in my opinion. The movie left out some of the nastier parts of the book but without compromising the whole.
Complete agreement on Goodbye Mr. Chips
. I was originally interested in it because of the Addinsell score and John Mills (not yet Sir) playing a part. It may be pure nostalgia but it brings tears even to this cynic's eyes.