The Tin Drum

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Overview

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; should anyone try ...
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Overview

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; should anyone try to take the toy away from him, he emits an ear-piercing scream that literally shatters glass. As Germany goes to hell during the 1930s and '40s, the never-aging Oskar continues savagely beating his drum, serving as the angry conscience of a world gone mad. The intense and visceral Tin Drum was one of the most financially successful German films of the 1970s and won the 1979 Oscar for Best Foreign Film and the 1979 Golden Palm which it shared with Apocalypse Now. In the late '90s, the film became the center of a censorship controversy when some U.S. videotapes were confiscated because of the film's supposed violation of a child pornography statute.
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Special Features

Disc one:; New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the complete version, approved by director Volker Schlöndorff; Newly remastered 5.1 surround soundtrack, approved by Schlöndorff; New english subtitle translation; ; Disc two:; New interview with Schlöndorff about the making of the film and the creation of the complete version; New interview with film scholar Timothy Corrigan; German audio recording of Günter Grass reading an excerpt from his novel; The Tin Drum, illustrated with corresponding scene from the film; Television excerpts featuring Schlöndorff, Grass, actors David Bennent and Mario Adorf, and cowriter Jean-Clause Carrière; Trailer; ; Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by critic Geoffrey Macnab and 1978 statements by Grass about the adaptation of his novel
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
The first German film to win the Best Foreign Film Oscar, New German Cinema forefather Volker Schlöndorff's adaptation of The Tin Drum is a potent Fellini-esque epic of intuitive rebellion against a corrupt world. Shot on location in Poland, Germany, and France, the film mixes the palpable reality of ordinary life in prewar and World War II Danzig with the surreal, innocent perspective of stunted boy/man Oskar as he raises instinctive hell against the horrors he witnesses, first in his family and then as the Nazis take over his hometown. Reaching the heights of comedy in a chaotic Nazi rally and the depths of tragedy during the Danzig post-office siege, Oskar's incessant drum-beating and glass-shattering shriek become a powerful, if futile, protest. Twelve-year-old neophyte David Bennent, cast partly for his striking eyes, anchors a superb German cast, while such memorable images as a lone matriarch, grotesque eels, and a midget circus act underscore a society unhinged. Co-winner of Cannes' Palme d'Or with, appropriately, Apocalypse Now [1979], The Tin Drum became an international hit and a '90s target for censors in the U.S. Though his film covers only the first two-thirds of Günter Grass' novel, Schlöndorff has refrained from a Tin Drum 2.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/15/2013
  • UPC: 715515101912
  • Original Release: 1979
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 2:43:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 25,096

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mario Adorf Alfred Matzerath
Angela Winkler Agnes Matzerath
David Bennent Oskar Matzerath
Daniel Olbrychski Jan Bronski
Katharina Thalbach Maria Matzerath
Heinz Bennent Greff
Fritz Hakl Bebra, midget
Mariella Oliveri Raswitha Raguna
Tina Engel The Young Anna Kollaiczek
Ernst Jacobi Gauleiter Lobsack
Ilse Page Gretchen Schemer
Otto Sander Meyn the Musician
Andréa Ferréol Lina Graff
Charles Aznavour Sigismund Markus
Roland Beubner Joseph Kollaiczek
Gerda Blisse Miss Spollenhauer
Werner Rehm Scheffler
Emil Feist Clown #1
Marek Walczewski Schugger-Leo
Wojciech Pszoniak Faingold
Henning Schluter Dr. Hollatz
Bruno Thost Private Lankes
Berta Drews The Old Anna Kollaiczek
Helmut Brasch Old Heilandt
Technical Credits
Volker Schlöndorff Director, Screenwriter
Suzanne Baron Editor
Rino Carboni Makeup
Jean-Claude Carrière Screenwriter
Anatole Dauman Producer
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Eberhard Junkersdorf Production Manager
Branko Lustig Asst. Director
Igor Luther Cinematographer
Friedrich Meyer Score Composer
Dagmar Niefind Costumes/Costume Designer
Nicos Perakis Art Director
Franz Seitz Producer, Screenwriter
Alfredo Tiberi Makeup
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Tin Drum
1. Four Skirts [7:54]
2. Wartime Romance [3:08]
3. "It's a Boy!" [2:30]
4. Permanently Three [8:21]
5. The Scream [3:24]
6. Changes [1:59]
7. Local Phenomenon [4:25]
8. Rasputin [4:02]
9. Soup [2:07]
10. Every Thursday [10:54]
11. Runing the Show [6:20]
12. Historic Days [9:20]
13. Eels [8:17]
14. Seeking Guidance [4:12]
15. Agnes's Secret [4:49]
16. Funeral [6:39]
17. Gullible [2:29]
18. Second Crime [10:41]
19. Jan's Fate [2:01]
20. First Love [7:02]
21. Shared Beds [7:55]
22. New Additions [4:07]
23. Greff's Preferences [3:49]
24. Roswitha [2:21]
25. Front Line Theater [3:54]
26. Pillbox Picnic [5:39]
27. Final Cup [3:09]
28. Racial Purity [4:15]
29. Pinned Blame [3:36]
30. Fajngold [5:08]
31. A True Kashurian [8:37]
1. Color Bars [:20]
Disc #2 -- The Tin Drum
1. Chapter 1 [5:41]
2. Chapter 2 [3:02]
3. Chapter 3 [4:16]
4. Chapter 4 [4:04]
5. Chapter 5 [5:19]
6. Chapter 6 [4:13]
7. Chapter 7 [7:11]
8. Chapter 8 [2:58]
9. Chapter 9 [2:34]
10. Chapter 10 [5:14]
11. Chapter 11 [4:31]
12. Chapter 12 [2:24]
13. Chapter 13 [3:47]
14. Chapter 14 [3:31]
15. Chapter 15 [5:40]
16. Chapter 16 [2:21]
17. Chapter 17 [:27]
1. Chapter 1 [5:31]
2. Chapter 2 [1:09]
3. Chapter 3 [1:39]
4. Chapter 4 [6:45]
5. Chapter 5 [3:32]
6. Chapter 6 [1:10]
7. Chapter 7 [:22]
1. Chapter 1 [8:47]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Tin Drum
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Disc #2 -- The Tin Drum
   Volker Schlöndorff
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      Volker Schlöndorff: Chapters
   On "The Tin Drum"
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      On "The Tin Drum": Chapters
   The Platform
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      The Platform: Chapters
   TV Interview
      Adorf and Carrière
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      Bennent and Schlöndorff
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      On Location
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      Post-Palme
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   Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful!

    A disturbingly beautiful film with a very interesting plot, you will love this!

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