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The full, 5-hour version of this superb motion picture has never been seen on American TV or movie screens. Arguably the best submarine film ever made, it is the spellbinding story of a German U-boat during World War II. Director Wolfgang Peterson’s masterpiece is told from the point of view of a journalist assigned to this claustrophobic engine of destruction which, in 1941 when it takes place, has only a one-in-four chance of coming home. A nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat thriller, it will be shown in six segments just as it was originally broadcast on German television. There will be time set aside before and after each screening for background and discussion with Robert Miller who, as a young lieutenant, served aboard a similar American submarine during the 1950s.
Robert Miller has a degree in engineering from Washington University. After his service aboard a submarine in the U.S. Navy, he spent 28 years at G.E. in Schenectady as an engineering manager responsible for procurement and field support of Naval propulsion equipment.
Richard Matturro, a native of Rye, New York, holds a doctorate in English with a specialization in Shakespeare and Greek Mythology. After sixteen years at the Albany Times Union, he taught literature at UAlbany for fourteen years. He is the author of numerous newspaper articles and six novels.
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