Wednesday, July 27, 2005

It's a long way to Tipperary, It's a long way to go, It's a long way to Tipperary, to that Education Carnival I know........

Das Boot is beyond being a great war film, it is a great film period.
It is hard to create an epic picture on it's own. Try making an epic picture that takes place inside a German submarine, that seems near impossible. Directed by Wolfgang Peterson, and entirely in German (dubbed in English), the movie follows a U-boat crew along their missions of glory, and dispair. Think about the plot following that of All Quiet on the Western Front, with a crew full of optimism that is overcome by the horrors of war. Here is a movie that explores heroism, duty, patriotism, hope, fear and the futility of war explored in the confined, and collapsing, spaces of a German u-boat. It is brilliant work.

By the way, "It's a long way to Tipperary" is sung by the crew during the beginning of the voyage. It's ironic because it is a famous World War One British anthem.

But before you break out into song, go read the Education Carnival!
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