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The tin drum

Die Blechtrommel

(DVD - 2004 - German)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The tin drum
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Chronicles Danzig in the 1920s/1930s and the life and times of Oskar Matzerath the son of a local dealer, a most unusual boy. Equipped with full intellect right from his birth, he decides at his third birthday not to grow up as he sees the crazy world around him at the eve of World War II. So he refuses the society and his tin drum symbolizes his protest against the middle-class mentality of his family and neighborhood, which stand for all passive people in Nazi Germany at that time.

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Publisher: [United States] : Criterion Collection, 2004
Edition: Enhanced for widescreen televisions
ISBN: 9781604656824
1604656824
Branch Call Number: DVD Foreign TIN
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (142 min.):,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Alternate Title: Blechtrommel

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Chronicles Danzig in the 1920s/1930s and the life and times of Oskar Matzerath the son of a local dealer, a most unusual boy. Equipped with full intellect right from his birth, he decides at his third birthday not to grow up as he sees the crazy world around him at the eve of World War II.


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Nov 08, 2014
  • eusebius rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

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 09, 2014
  • midnight_fleur28 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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

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