THE TIN DRUM (Die Blechtrommel)

THE TIN DRUM (Die Blechtrommel)

Briefly banned in Oklahoma amidst great controversy, Schlöndorff's adaptation of the Günter Grass classic combines allegory, myth and comedy in a surrealistic stew.  Oskar, who decides to stop growing at three years of age, bangs continuously on his tin drum to drown out the stupidity he perceives around him.  As Nazi Germany begins to swallow Europe piece by piece, Oskar is a cool observer, watching the absurd movement of the world around him as he retreats in disguise as a child.  Anchored by the crystalline performance of 11 year old David Bennent as Oskar (described by the New York Times as "the kind of transformation that makes you believe in the occult"), Schlöndorff weaves the many threads of Grass' novel into a sweeping, stirring film.

THE TIN DRUM (Die Blechtrommel)

  • Director: Volker Schlöndorff
  • Year: 1979
  • Run Time: 142 mins
  • Country: Germany
  • Rating: MA