He was The cause was heart failure, his museum and the governor of Bavaria announced. It also houses sculpture, ceramics, textiles and glass from Asia, South America and Europe and folk art from Africa and the Pacific. Buchheim was acclaimed for his works of fiction and nonfiction, including several about his World War II patrol aboard the German submarine U in the Atlantic Ocean in It detailed the hopelessness of war and its effect on soldiers living in the cramped confines of their submarine.
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He is best known for his novel Das Boot , which became an international bestseller and was adapted in as an Oscar-nominated film. She was unmarried, and he was raised by his mother and her parents. He began contributing to newspapers in his teens and put on an exhibition of his drawings in , when he was Eine Donaufahrt "Days and nights rise from the river. A journey on the Danube" , published in He studied art in Dresden and Munich in , and volunteered for the Kriegsmarine in He also made drawings and took photographs.
Buchheim ended the war as an Oberleutnant zur See. After the war, Buchheim worked as an artist, art collector, gallery owner, art auctioneer and art publisher. Through the s and s, he established an art publishing house, and he wrote books on Georges Braque , Max Beckmann , Otto Mueller and Pablo Picasso. These works had been derided as " degenerate " during the Nazi period, and he was able to buy them cheaply. It became the best-selling German fiction work on the war.
The trilogy includes over 5, photographs taken during World War II. Director Wolfgang Petersen and Buchheim fell out after the author was not allowed to write the script. It was nominated for six Oscars.
Even though impressed by the technological accuracy of the film's set-design and port construction buildings, Buchheim expressed great disappointment with Petersen's adaptation in a film review published in ,  describing Petersen's film as converting his clearly anti-war novel into a blend of a "cheap, shallow American action flick" and a "contemporary German propaganda newsreel from World War II".
Buchheim, after several attempts for an American adaptation had failed, had provided his own script as soon as Petersen was chosen as new director. It would have been a six-hour epic; Petersen turned him down because the producers were aiming for a minute feature for international release.
However, today's Director's Cut of Das Boot amounts to over minutes, and the complete TV version of the film is minutes long.
In later life, Buchheim sought a location to house his art collection, including curiosities ranging from nutcrackers and Thai shadow puppets to mannequins and carousel animals in addition to his important collection of German Expressionist paintings and graphics.
A building was constructed in Duisburg , but he considered it unfit, and he turned down offers from Weimar , Munich and Berlin. After years of quarreling with his home town of Feldafing , Bavaria , about his plans for a museum for his art collection, the town's citizens voted against the museum in a referendum. His museum finally opened in as the Museum der Phantasie in Bernried on the shore of Lake Starnberg , funded by the government of Bavaria.
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As a year-old lieutenant he set out on a U-boat in autumn to cover a typical foray lasting several weeks into the north Atlantic looking for allied merchant shipping to attack. Man for man and unit for unit, the U-boat arm of the Kriegsmarine was the most effective major element of the Wehrmacht. The German submarine blockade came closest to bringing Britain to its knees until a gigantic shipbuilding and technological effort turned the tables in spring Thousands of aircraft and many hundreds of surface escorts were needed to fend off the threat posed by the relatively cheap U-boats, each with a crew not much larger than an army platoon. Once detected, a submarine had the serious disadvantage of already being sunk.
Lothar-Günther Buchheim, 89, German Author and Art Collector, Dies
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Buchheim published collections of photographs as well as several fiction and nonfiction works about his wartime experience, but it was Das Boot that brought him worldwide fame, especially after it was made into a film in In he opened the Buchheim Museum in Bernried, Ger. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback.