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Das Boot

Das Boot

The Boat

209 minutes

Video in German with English subtitles, DVD includes German, English, and Spanish language tracks and subtitles in English, Spanish, and French.

German Lesson Plan

Introduction: Immerse your students in the intense and gripping narrative of "Das Boot" with our comprehensive German lesson plan. Directed by Wolfgang Petersen, this film provides a realistic portrayal of the harrowing experiences faced by German sailors during World War II, making it an excellent tool for language learning and historical understanding.

Film Summary: In the autumn of 1941, 43 young German sailors aboard U-96 enter the war against Britain seeking adventure, respect, and heroism. For their captain, a seasoned war veteran at the young age of 30, it is a mission against enemy destroyers in a blood-red sea that can devour a ship and its crew without leaving a trace. Inspired by the experiences of a WWII photojournalist, "Das Boot" offers a compelling look at the life and challenges submariners face. The film's realistic cinematography and sound design immerse viewers in the claustrophobic and tense environment of the submarine.

Additional Details: Released in 1981, "Das Boot" stars Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, and Klaus Wennemann. The film is based on the novel by Lothar-Günther Buchheim and is widely praised for its realistic portrayal of life aboard a German U-boat during World War II. It was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Cinematography. The DVD includes German, English, and Spanish language tracks with subtitles in English, Spanish, and French.

Suggested Dates for Classroom Use:

  • January 27: International Holocaust Remembrance Day, discussing WWII impacts
  • May 8: Victory in Europe Day, reflecting on WWII's end
  • June 1: International Children's Day, exploring the effects of war on families
  • September 1: Anniversary of WWII's start, discussing historical events

Conclusion: Using "Das Boot" in your classroom enhances language skills while fostering discussions about the realities of war, bravery, and human endurance. This lesson plan includes structured activities, discussion questions, and historical insights to enrich the learning experience. Created for teachers, by teachers, our comprehensive lesson plans ensure you have all the resources needed for an engaging and educational classroom experience. IMDB

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Director: Wolfgang Petersen

Cast: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann

Audio: Video in German with English subtitles, DVD includes German, English, and Spanish language tracks and subtitles in English, Spanish, and French.

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