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Die Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum) (1979)

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In Volker Schlöndorff's award-winning adaptation of Nobel Prize winner Günter Grass' allegorical novel, David Bennent plays Oskar, the young son of a German rural family, circa 1925. On his third birthday, Oskar receives a shiny new tin drum. At this point, rather than mature into one of the miserable specimens of grown-up humanity that he sees around him, he vows never to get any older or any bigger. Whenever the world around him becomes too much to bear, the boy begins to hammer on his drum;

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Art House & International, Drama

Jean-Claude Carriere

Oct 12, 1999

Kinowelt

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Schlöndorff has a tendency to sketch the rest of the cast as simple grotesques or symbols of decadence that are unconvincingly humanized in the final third.

September 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Walks a taut, high rope between doubles and split selves, docu-realism and surrealism, brutality and naïveté, sacred and profane, and history and myth, without falling into the safety net of childish fantasy. (It only falters in its final half-hour.)

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

If ever [the characters in] a film embodied Hannah Arendt's principle of "the banality of evil", it's The Tin Drum...

January 23, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

There are many themes running through The Tin Drum: resistance against an unkind world, the need for acceptance, the horrors of romance and war, and the final idea that growth is inevitable and unfortunately, necessary.

January 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
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In Volker Schlöndorff's restored version of his 1979 classic, Oskar Matzerath emerges as a tragic anti-hero, whose lustful imagination and prodigious magical gifts can't shield him from the juggernaut of war.

September 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The literal adaptation doesn't transfer that well to film.

January 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This movie rests on the small shoulders of David Bennent as 'three-year-old' Oskar Matzerath, and the undersized twelve-year-old comes up wonderful.

November 8, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Context is everything. Although often mistaken as a black comedy, Volker Schlöndorff's bold adaptation of Günter Grass's abstractly autobiographical 1959 novel is an exemplary model of European magic realist cinema.

April 15, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Fascinating allegory with war, death themes and little boy who won't grow up.

March 22, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Technically and stylistically, The Tin Drum is an astounding work. Thematically, it strives for an importance it only sometimes achieves

October 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

the film is more memorable for its quirky commingling of the epic and the intimate and its often startling visuals than for any of its big themes

August 3, 2004 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Oskar's story touches on so many facets of life it's hard to know where to start analyzing.

May 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

The Tin Drum is a lusty, volatile, surreal and chlling view of the rise and fall of the Third Reich.

January 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Schlöndorff's treatment of this material is horribly flawed because he's too interested in making the audience feel comfortable before he starts damning everything.

August 6, 2002 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Die Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum)

A little German boy decides to stop growing up at 3 and a half years old, then watches as Hitler rises to power. A classic comic nightmare about "little people's" acquiescence to Nazism.
January 31, 2013
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Greg S

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Darkly humor, surrealism and controversial, Die Blechtrommel is a dazzing, entertaning and unique film that bring to us a great direction, just like the screenplay and David Bennent's performance. One of the best films that I ever saw and also one of the most shocking. Fresh.
June 8, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Mischievous, visually stunning, hilarious and compelling. quite an achievement adapting GÃ 1/4nter Grass' novel.
November 21, 2011
pier007

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Disturbing and notorious, The Tin Drum introduces a three-year-old who opted to stay in infancy because of disenchantment with maturity. A controversial Cannes Film Festival Golden Palm recipient that covers the social, the political, and the historical in World War II, Germany and Poland. Strictly for mature audiences only.
September 9, 2011
Jan Marc Macababayao

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