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Sink the Bismarck! 1960 war movie

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Back in the 1950s, 1960s and even 1970s most of the war movies used plastic, styrofoam, wood and metal to create models used to film the fight scenes. Since they had no today technology they had to improvise, but what I simply can’t understand is why they made the movies so mych better than what Hollywood has to offer today?


In 1940 United Kingdom was in desperate position with U-Boats blocking most of the convoys with supplies and the last thing they needed is huge, sophisticated and deadly new German weapon to be engaged on the Atlantic. Unfrotunately for them Hitler just sent his new toy, Bismarck, to raid the convoys.

Sink the Bismarck! is war drama that most of the time takes place in the war room somewhere in London, where British navy intelligence is trying to find the way of stopping the mighty battleship before it will reach the North Atlantic. But what is most surprising is that in 1960 they made the movie so realistic and gripping that it’s hard to stop watching it in the middle. I don’t care what people say - this is by far the best navy movie I’ve seen. Yes, Tora! Tora! Tora! was more spectacular, Pearl Harbor was laughable but had good special effects, but they both were lacking the suspense Sink the Bismarck! has to offer. Even though you know how it will end, still it is keeping you on the edge of the seat.

Of course some parts of the movie were based on false pretense that Enigma coding machine was not involved in the operation, but apart from that it is superb movie.


Notes

  • During filming of Sink the Bismarck! the data surrounding breaking of the German Enigma code was still a secret, so the script did not referred the fact that British have intercepted several communications that helped them find Bismarck and learn about the damaged rudder of German battleship.
  • Esmond Knight, who plays the captain of HMS Prince of Wales, actually served as an officer on board of that ship during the battle with Bismarck.
  • The scene in which the navigation bridge of HMS Prince of Wales takes a direct hit is based on accounts from the people present during the battle - small tube connected the bridge to the plotting room directly underneath, but what in black-and-white looks like oil dripping down the maps in reality was blood of the sailors killed on the navigation bridge.



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