The Tin Drum

“The Tin Drum is a big, sweeping film from one of the most original, most gifted German writers of our day”

Vincent Canby, The New York Times

Type:Drama, War

Dur:142 min

Year:1979

Dir:Volker Schlöndorff

Rating:MA15+

synopsis

Oskar Matzerath (David Bennent) is a very unusual boy. Refusing to leave the womb until promised a tin drum by his mother, Agnes (Angela Winkler), Oskar is reluctant to enter a world he sees as filled with hypocrisy and injustice, and vows on his third birthday to never grow up. Miraculously, he gets his wish. As the Nazis rise to power in Danzig, Oskar wills himself to remain a child, beating his tin drum incessantly and screaming in protest at the chaos surrounding him.

 

 

cast:

David Bennent, Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, Daniel Olbrychski, Katharina Thalbach, Charles Aznavour, Tina Engel, Berta Drews, Roland Teubner, Tadeusz Kunikowski, Andréa Ferréol, Heinz Bennent

crew:

Volker Schlöndorff, Günter Grass, Jean-Claude Carrière, Franz Seitz, Jr.

fan quotes:

"In Volker Schlöndorff's restored version of his 1979 classic, Oskar Matzerath emerges as a tragic anti-hero, whose lustful imagination and prodigious magical gifts can't shield him from the juggernaut of war." - Ela Bittencourt, Slant Magazine

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