The German author of the World War II novel Das Boot, made into an Oscar-nominated film, has died of heart failure at the age of 89.
Lothar-Guenther [sic] Buchheim was also an art collector and set up the Museum der Phantasie (Museum of the Imagination) in Bernried, Bavaria, in 2001.
If you've never seen Das Boot, do yourself a favour and buy the director's cut (or, better still, the uncut mini series) on DVD right away and watch it in a single sitting in the original German with subtitles. It is, in my humble opinion, the best film ever made—coming second only to The Blues Brothers as my all-time desert island choice.
Seriously, I can't recommend Das Boot highly enough. Go and buy it!