The tin drum

Die Blechtrommel

DVD - 2004 - German
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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.

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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Feb 09, 2015
  • voisjoe1_0 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Is it OK if I give this film an excellent rating without exactly understanding what sort of film this is? For me it was sorta a surrealistic view of the Nazi’s and World War II. In the latter quarter of the film we get to see a dwarf USO scene for the Nazi troops that seems to come right out of a Fellini film (now Fellini films – I swear I don’t understand half of what was going on in his films – yet they will be planted in my brain forever). This film was based on a Gunter Grass novel, but I know nothing of that author. This film won the Oscar for best film (how appropriate as the main character is named Oskar!). Volker Schlondorff won the Cannes award for best director.

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.

Jul 12, 2014

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

Oct 03, 2013
  • BlackTiger rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Not your typical World War ll film. The Tin Drum is a gifted mix of humor, drama, absurdity, passion and disgust. There is one seared on your brain horror scene that the squeamish might want to skip. Believable natural looking actors, costumes and scenery. A very entertaining film with a provocative message about the human condition. If only we'd learn.

Sep 18, 2013
  • martyrofevil rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

One part Amelie, one part Freaks and one part Come and See, The Tin Drum is an interesting mash-up of tones and themes and it's also a very entertaining film.

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