Winner of the1980 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award and the 1979 Cannes Film Festival Palme dâ€™Or!
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"CRITICS PICK! The Tin Drum has lost neither its ability to shock and disturb nor its biting, absurdist sense of humor." â€“ New York Magazine
â€śA big, sweeping film â€¦ so outsized, bizarre, funny and eccentric that it compels attention.â€ť â€“ Vincent Canby, New York Times
â€śFascinating â€¦ demonstrating that even the most seemingly difficult book can be rendered magnificently cinematic with a little ingenuity.â€ť - Mike D'Angelo, Onion AV Club
Danzig, 1924. Just before the start of WWII, Oskar Matzerath is born with an intellect beyond his infancy. As he witnesses the hypocrisy of adulthood and society, he rejects both, and, at his third birthday, decides to stop growing â€” and succeeds! â€” then finds that playing his favorite toy, a tin drum, is useful for tuning out things that annoy him, like his motherâ€™s dallying with their Polish boarder, the Nazi rallies his father attends, or even the advent of war itself. Caught in a state of perpetual childhood, Oskar lashes out at all he surveys with piercing screams that can shatter glass and frantic poundings on his tin drum. The powerfully symbolic drum at the center of this epic and sometimes shocking story has been vigorously debated and interpreted since Danzig native GĂĽnter Grassâ€™s debut novel of the same name made him world-famous, and it remains ambiguously multi-layered in Volker SchlĂ¶ndorffâ€™s stunning adaptation. (Grass had refused a film version of his novel for twenty years, but, after seeing the script by SchlĂ¶ndorff and BuĂ±uel collaborator Jean-Claude CarriĂ¨re, not only gave his consent but worked on the dialogue himself.) The first German film ever to win the Best Foreign Film Oscar, this is â€śone of the best cinematic translations of a major novel ever madeâ€ť (Newsweek). An unforgettable fantasia of surreal imagery, striking eroticism and unflinching satire, this newly restored version of The Tin Drum includes twenty minutes of footage unseen since the film was trimmed at the insistence of its distributor for the original 1979 release. (Dir. by Volker SchlĂ¶ndorff, 1979, Germany, in German with subtitles, 163 mins., Rated R) Digital