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This classic film is being fully restored and re-mastered and will be offered on Blu-ray for the first time.
Includes a bonus documentary and feature length audio commentary/conversation between French and German film scholars.
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The DVD from Cohen Media Group looks great and is presented in its proper 1.33 aspect ratio in French with English subtitles. It has an audio commentary and a documentary on Rene Clement as added features.
The movie kicks off in promising fashion. Near the end of the war, an assortment of characters associated in some way with the Reich (either specifically or as sympathizers) are boarding a submarine bound for South America. Sometimes they allude to a mission, most of the time it appears to be an evacuation. Whichever, it remains relatively vague throughout.Read more ›
The movie is clearly influenced by the short masterpiece of Jean Paul Sartre's "No Exit" (French translation - Huis Clos) in which a group of people who can't stand each other are forced to live in close quarters with no exit. They are in Hell. This unsavory collection of Nazis and Nazi sympathizers boards the U-Boat in Olso to escape from the Allies as the war is just about to be lost. Some of the characters are a sadistic SS officer, his young homosexual lover and petty criminal, an Italian industrialist, a Swedish nuclear scientist (and his unwilling 17 year old daughter), a Nazi general, his mistress, and a French businessman. However, each individual has his or her own selfish agenda. When the submarine boat faces difficulties, these agendas manifest themselves and the individuals kill off each other or themselves, one by one. On the journey, the sailors and the crew learn that Hitler has died and the Germans have surrendered. The different reactions by various characters is fascinating. Some sailors are overjoyed that they can now go home...but others still want to pursue a neo-nazi future.
One of the themes of the director Rene Clement is to provide a microcosm of the evil personalities that conquered France during the War or were ready, willing, and able to assist the Nazis. In the midst of all, an innocent doctor is kidnapped and brought to the submarine to provide involuntary medical assistance to the General's mistress; he plays the role of a captive desperately searching for an opportunity to escape.
I give the director five stars because - no one before or since - has created a mood of claustrophobic panic better than he has within the dimensions of a submarine.
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French film noir about a group of Nazis fleeing to South America on a submarine. Included are 2 women, as well as a local doctor who becomes an unwilling passenger & plans ways to... Read morePublished 14 months ago by oneblockfromheaven
Love this genre. A bunch of Nazis escaping to South America at the end of the war on a sub. A crew made up of Wehrmacht, collaborators, a concubine married to a sympathizer and an... Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by JAB51
Beautifully photographed in black and white. Not Bergman or Wells, but quite a pleasure. The story is very interesting and the acting is sufficient. Read morePublished on August 26, 2013 by PJR
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