Growing up in the wake of World War II, talented German director Wolfgang Petersen developed a passion for all things American and by the age of 11 had decided that making movies (to his mind an essentially American art form) was what he wanted to do with his life. Initially drawn to the films of John Ford for their clear presentation of good and evil (in contrast to the messy Europe of the day), he went on to immerse himself in the directors of the French Nouvelle Vague, especially Francois Truffaut, whom he cites as his most important influence, though he is quick to add “there’s nothing German, or even particularly European about my films.” (Los Angeles Times, July 6, 1993) After beginning as an actor and director in Hamburg theater during the 1960s, he enrolled in film school and shortly after graduating made his directorial debut for German TV with “I Will Kill You, Wolf” (1970). He also helmed six 100 minute TV dramas, all with separate stories and casts, for a series of thrillers… read more
This movie is so right wing it is unbelievable. Total piece of post-cold war trash. That being said, I was totally rooting for the Soviet terrorists the entire time, especially Gary Oldman's character, who had such awesome lines as, "You who murdered a hundred thousand Iraqis to save a nickel on a gallon of gas are going to lecture me on the rules of war? Well DON'T. "
- Mesdames, Mesdemoiselles, Messieurs. Bienvenue à bord de l’avion présidentiel américain, Air Force One. Le commandant aujourd’hui est l’expérimenté Wolfgang Petersen. Nous avons aujourd’hui à bord… read review
The basic premise of “Die Hard” on a place sounds interesting enough. With Peterson on board (no pun intended), the acclaimed director of Das Boot, I though the setting would make for an interesting… read review