Wolfgang Petersen — “There’ll never be another like him”

If he had only made slave boots, a place in the film Pantheon would still have been his. But there was more to the man who became the ideal studio director

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There is a good chance that this will be the essence of many Wolfgang Peterson obituaries. It makes sense. Whether in its dramatic cut or in an unexposed, multi-part TV version

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The adventure of the German submarine U-96 and its battered Kapitanlutnant, played by Jorgen Prochno, is an X-the-Axis-side World War II story to rival Sam Peckinpah's Cross of Iron.

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Wolfgang Peterson, however, had a life before slave boot (The Boat). And they had quite remarkable even later.

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Born near Hannover in 1941, Peterson studied in Hamburg, leaving full-time education with a strong desire to make a living from drama. Ernst in addition to growing productions in Dutch theatre.

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Peterson directed the feature-length I Will Kill You Wolf in 1971, but his first photograph is widely regarded as 1974's One or the Other. A German-language blackmail thriller starring

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Although it is now regarded as a historical film, the subject matter of The Consequence shut down studio chains and TV channels alike. One might even think that a film about another

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It is really difficult to explain how big a deal the slave boot was in the 1980s. In Germany, at a time when many preferred not to mention war, the pessimism and downbeat finale of the picture

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