Petersen’s Ship, a great war film caught in the storm of history

TELEVISION – An Arte documentary offers a fascinating look behind the scenes of a German film classic, which came close to shipwreck on multiple occasions.

In the fall of 1980, three hundred Germans disembark in Wehrmacht uniform in the port of La Rochelle. In the former military base of the Atlantic Wall, the time machine is operated by Wolfgang Petersen. The filmmaker is shooting his third feature film, the descent into hell of a German submarine, the U96, during the Second World War.

A crazy bet that traces, with many testimonies, the fascinating documentary by Georg Grille and Sven Fermeling, The Boat: the story of an underwater blockbuster , to see on Arte.Tv until February 15 or to discover Sunday at 11 p.m. on his television set. Madness, because filming the camera of a submersible is, a priori, nothing spectacular. Moreover, across the Rhine, no one has dared to reopen this chapter so deadly (30,000 submariners perished out of the 40,000 of the German army) before this adaptation of Lothar-Günther Buccheim’s story. This former war correspondent recorded in his book,

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