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Die Blechtrommel

Die Blechtrommel

The tin drum

Blu-ray Disc - 2013 | German
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Oskar is born in Germany in 1924 with an advanced intellect. Repulsed by the hypocrisy of adults and the irresponsibility of society, he refuses to grow older after his third birthday. While the chaotic world around him careers toward the madness and folly of World War II, Oskar pounds incessantly on his beloved tin drum and perfects his uncannily piercing shrieks. An adaptation of Gunter Grass's acclaimed novel, characterized by surreal imagery, arresting eroticism, and clear-eyed satire.


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In director Volker Schlondorff's faithful film version of the famous Gunther Grass novel, a violent and diminutive Oskar Matzerath recounts the story of his bizarre adventures in Danzig during World War II. The Tin Drum won the Palme D'Or at Cannes and an Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

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Yes, this is the movie that was banned and confiscated in Oklahoma City! One citizen was threatened with prosecution for having a VHS copy. Now you can get it from the Tulsa Library, and you'll find it's a long German art film, that's entertaining and involving, but hardly worth banning.

Feb 05, 2018

Great movie and cast for this masterpiece based on Gunther Grass's novel. A disturbing and fascinating portrayal of the second world war from an original perspective.

Jun 02, 2017

A near perfect film adaptation of the first two books of Günter Grass' trilogy. There is a great deal going on within the film as it manages to be political, allegorical, surrealistic and almost magical surrealism. Potent and unforgettable. It is important to note that Volker Schlöndorff pushes the envelope in many scenes involving a child actor. This film may be a bit too controversial for all tastes, but I love it.

May 26, 2017

Walks a taut, high rope between doubles and split selves, docu-realism and surrealism, brutality and naïveté, sacred and profane, and history and myth, without falling into the safety net of childish fantasy.

Vincent T Lombardo Dec 13, 2015

This film is an allegory of some kind, but I do not know what.
Some will love this film, some will hate it. I did not like it. I found it hard to suspend my disbelief, and I found certain scenes too gross. I gave it 30 minutes and then turned it off.

Feb 07, 2015

Is it OK if I give this film an excellent rating without exactly understanding what sort of film this is? For me it was sorta a surrealistic view of the Nazi’s and World War II. In the latter quarter of the film we get to see a dwarf USO scene for the Nazi troops that seems to come right out of a Fellini film (now Fellini films – I swear I don’t understand half of what was going on in his films – yet they will be planted in my brain forever). This film was based on a Gunter Grass novel, but I know nothing of that author. This film won the Oscar for best film (how appropriate as the main character is named Oskar!). Volker Schlondorff won the Cannes award for best director.

Nov 08, 2014

Director's cuts are rarely better than the originals, but this one is; it brings out some themes better. Oskar is better presented to us as a product of his time and society--he seems less like a freak and more like an anguished young German. Great acting and staging of scenes.

Jul 12, 2014

Perhaps this was Volker Schlondorf's homage to "Die Bletchtrommel" the amazing novel penned by Nobel laureate Gunther Grass. Schlondorf chose an extremely difficult novel to transcribe into a film. I believe it was a creditable attempt on Schlondorf's part. I also believe it was the films artistic merit that saved it from the censorship problems that beset Pekinpah's "Straw Dogs" or Kubrik's "Clockwork Orange". It is a shame those who found the film overly long or too disturbing were unable to appreciate Igor Luther's fabulous cinematography.

Jul 05, 2014

This is a disturbing movie. Not only that, it was not even interesting. I really did not enjoy the horrible, gross scenes. I do not recommend this. Also, it's quite long and drawn out and it truly did not get the point across very well...if there even was one.... Note that this movie contains many gross and disturbing scenes. I don't know why someone would make this

Sep 18, 2013

One part Amelie, one part Freaks and one part Come and See, The Tin Drum is an interesting mash-up of tones and themes and it's also a very entertaining film.


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