The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel) (1980)
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as Meyn the Musician
as Sigismund Markus
as Alfred Matzerath
as Oskar Matzerath
as Agnes Matzerath
as Lina Graff
as Maria Matzerath
as Jan Bronski
as The Young Anna Kollaiczek
as Gauleiter Lobsack
as Dr. Hollatz
as The Old Anna Kollaiczek
as Gretchen Schemer
as Private Lankes
as Old Heilandt
as Miss Spollenhauer
as Clown #1
as Bebra midget
as Raswitha Raguna
as Joseph Kollaiczek
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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.
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.)
If ever [the characters in] a film embodied Hannah Arendt's principle of "the banality of evil", it's The Tin Drum...
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel)
Well made but disturbing.
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.
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.
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