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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.
Title: The tin drum
Die Blechtrommel
[videorecording]
Publisher: [United States] :, Criterion Collection,, 2004
Edition: Enhanced for widescreen televisions
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (142 min.):,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: nach dem Roman von Gunter Grass ; Janus Films ; eine deutsch/franzosische Gemeinschaftsproduktion der Franz Seitz Film, Bioskop Film, Artemis Film, Hallelujah Film, GGB 14. KG, Argos Films, Paris ; Produzent, Franz Seitz ; Regie, Volker Schlondorff ; Drehbuch, Jean-Claude Carriere, Franz Seitz, Volker Schlondorff, die Dialoge sind von Gunter Grass bearbeitet und erganzt
Notes: Criterion Collection: 234
Originally released as a motion picture in 1979
Based on: Die Blechtrommel by Gunter Grass
Videodisc exclusive features: new digital transfer, with restored image and sound and enhanced for widescreen televisions; audio commentary by director Volker Schlondorff; Maurice Jarre's score isolated on analog track 2. On disc two: rare deleted scenes, featuring commentary by Schlondorff; Volker Schlondorff remembers The tin drum, a montage featuring Schlondorff's thoughts and recollections about the film, along with on-set photos, storyboards and images not included in the final film; video interviews with Schlondorff and actor David Bennent at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival; "The platform" : a rare 1987 recording of Gunter Grass reading an excerpt from his novel Die Blechtrommel, accompanied by the music of percussionist, Gunter "Baby" Sommer; Reprinted excerpt from the original screenplay's unfilmed ending; Banned in Oklahoma, a documentary by Gary D. Rhodes following the child pornography lawsuit involving The tin drum; production sketches, designs, and promotional art; original theatrical trailer
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Summary: 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.
Alternate Title: Blechtrommel
Branch Call Number: DVD Foreign TIN
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