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Submarine base

Saga Indiana Jones
Movie Raiders of the Lost Ark Steven Spielberg (1981)
Indiana Jones breaking into the underwater base, all the fans of the famous archaeologist remember it. This scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark was filmed in La Rochelle (France).
Quai de l'Entrepôt submarine base in La Rochelle (photo credit: Jean-Pierre Bazard / Wiki commons)

Would you be more comfortable opening the Ark in Berlin – for your Fuhrer – finding out only then if the sacred pieces of the Covenant are inside? Knowing only then, whether you have accomplished your mission and obtained the one, true Ark?

Doctor René Belloq (Paul Freeman)

Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) breaks into the German Nazi submarine base. This scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark was not shot in Egypt as the script of the film wanted but Quai de l’Entrepôt, located in La Rochelle (France).

Doctor René Belloq (Paul Freeman) then ordered the soldiers to transfer the Ark of the Covenant to the submarine in order to take it to Berlin and show it to Adolf Hitler. Spectator of the scene, Indiana Jones cannot however intervene directly to thwart the Nazi plans. He’ll have to wait until he’s in the desert for that.

5

The number of Oscars the film has won (Best Art Direction, Best Sound, Best Editing, Best Special Effects and Special Performance for Sound Effects).

On 23 June 1980, Steven Spielberg and his film crews set up their cameras in the submarine base at La Rochelle (France). It was then in the spotlight because a few months before, Wolfgang Petersen shot the beginning and end sequences of his film Das Boot taking place in 1941. The German director used the interior and surrounding exteriors for his scenes, including the very narrow passage in front of the lock. A friend of Spielberg’s, Petersen told him about this place, which had remained identical to its construction.

Raiders of the Lost Ark. (Lucasfilm Ltd.)
Raiders of the Lost Ark. (Lucasfilm Ltd.)
Raiders of the Lost Ark. (Lucasfilm Ltd.)
Raiders of the Lost Ark. (Lucasfilm Ltd.)

Quai de l'Entrepôt

Huge bunker dating from the Second World War, the submarine base of La Rochelle sheltered German U-Boats during the conflict. It is located Quai de l’entrepôt in the city of Charente-Maritime.

This submarine base was built between 1941 and 1943 by the Todt Organization, a German company.

It was part of the famous Atlantic Wall that the Germans built during the Second World War to protect the coast. This bunker, then called the La Pallice submarine base, after the district of the city where it is located, housed the submarines (U-boats) of the Kriegsmarine. It could accommodate up to six of them.

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By Damien Canteau

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Passionné par l'Histoire, les animés, les Arts et la bande dessinée en particulier, Damien est le rédacteur en chef du site spécialisé dans le 9e art, Comixtrip.

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