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The Tin Drum(Die Blechtrommel)

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West Germany, France, Poland · 1979
Rated R · 2h 42m
Director Volker Schlöndorff
Starring Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, David Bennent, Katharina Thalbach
Genre Drama, History, War

This uproarious story follows the unusual life of Oskar Matzerath --- a three-year-old with an adult's capacity to think. Born in Germany in 1924, Oskar is particularly attuned to the pervading hypocrisy of the society around him. His keen awareness and refusal to grow old guide him towards many strange, fascinating, and loud adventures.

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Adheres to the book more than enough not to disappoint avid readers of the bestseller.


Washington Post by Gary Arnold

The Tin Drum is likely to be remembered as another conspicuous example of why the urge to film certain books ought to be resisted. [25 Apr 1980, p.C1]


The A.V. Club by Mike D'Angelo

Schlöndorff's Tin Drum, like most adaptations of great literature, serves mostly as a fascinating but superficial gloss on material that just doesn’t lend itself well to visual storytelling.


Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

My problem is that I kept seeing Oskar not as a symbol of courage but as an unsavory brat; the film's foreground obscured its larger meaning.


Empire by William Thomas

Beautiful to look at, but shot with a cruel and unerring eye, it gives no quarter to the German people for their complicity in events, and in turn disgusts, amazes and frightens.

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