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Tin Drum

The Tin Drum

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Director: Volker Schlöndorff

Cast: Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, David Bennent


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A controversial portrayal of the crippling effects of war on society, director Volker Schlöndorff's searing critique of the passivity of the German people during Hitler's rise to power receives the deluxe treatment on this feature-packed The Criterion Collection release. The feature is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen, and audio is rendered in a selection of either


A controversial portrayal of the crippling effects of war on society, director Volker Schlöndorff's searing critique of the passivity of the German people during Hitler's rise to power receives the deluxe treatment on this feature-packed The Criterion Collection release. The feature is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen, and audio is rendered in a selection of either remastered German Dolby Digital 5.1 or original mono accompanied by optional English subtitles. Viewers can gain insight into the production thanks to the inclusion of an audio commentary track by director Schlöndorff, and they can listen to Oscar-winning composer Maurice Jarre's affecting score on an isolated music track. An insightful, 21-minute featurette entitled "Volker Schlöndorff Remembers the Tin Drum" offers an audio/video montage featuring the director's thoughts on the film and is accompanied by production materials and rare images not included in the final cut. A collection of interviews with the cast and crew offer insight into both the production of the film as well as the reception it received when presented at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival. Filmmaker Gary D. Rhodes' insightful documentary Banned in Oklahoma offers a revealing account of the pornography lawsuit that was prompted by the film, with a reprinted excerpt of the movie's unfilmed original ending offering a look of what might have been. Also included as a bonus audio feature is "The Platform," a little-heard German recording of author Günter Grass reading from his novel The Tin Drum while accompanied by percussionist Günter "Baby" Sommer. After viewing a collection of rare deleted scenes, viewers can round out their knowledge of the film by viewing production sketches and designs, promotional art, some rare deleted scenes, and an original theatrical trailer.

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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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Special Features

Audio commentary by director and cowriter Volker Schlöndorff; Remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack; Isolated music track, featuring the score by Academy Award®-winning composer Maurice Jarre; Rare deleted scenes; "Volker Schlöndorff Remembers The Tin Drum," a 21-minute audio/video montage featuring Schlöndorff’s thoughts and recollections about the film; Video interviews with Schlöndorff and actor David Bennent at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival, cowriter Jean-Claude Carrière and actor Mario Adorf, Schlöndorff and author Günter Grass during filming, and Schlöndorff after winning the Palme d’Or at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival; "The Platform," a rare 1987 German recording of Günter Grass reading an excerpt from his novel The Tin Drum, accompanied by the music of famed improvisational percussionist Günter "Baby" Sommer; Reprinted excerpt of the screenplay's original, unfilmed ending; "Banned in Oklahoma," a documentary by Gary D. Rhodes following the child pornography lawsuit revolving around The Tin Drum; Production sketches, designs and promotional art; Original theatrical trailer; New digital transfer, with restored image and sound and enhanced for widescreen televisions.

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

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Grandparents [7:30]
2. Free State [3:08]
3. A Boy [2:29]
4. The Grown-Up World [8:21]
5. Shards [4:12]
6. Explanation and Persecution [6:28]
7. Every Thursday [10:54]
8. 53 [6:20]
9. Historic Days [8:16]
10. Fresh Eels [8:17]
11. Confession [4:12]
12. The Secret [4:49]
13. Passing [6:39]
14. Kristallnacht [2:30]
15. "A Grand Hand" [10:25]
16. Union [2:00]
17. New Help [7:02]
18. No Precautions [8:43]
19. Heat [1:57]
20. "Little Brother" [2:40]
21. Front Line Theater [12:09]
22. Homecoming [4:59]
23. A Kashubian [7:32]
1. Writing the Script [7:30]
2. The Cast [3:08]
3. Building the Womb [2:29]
4. Class/Simple Tricks [8:21]
5. Important Objects and Design [4:12]
6. Magic of Editing/Chaos [6:28]
7. Combining Locations/Real Attraction [10:54]
8. Little Circuses [6:20]
9. Discovering Politics [8:16]
10. Catching Eels/Special Moments [8:17]
11. Two Different Means [4:12]
12. Beyond Acting [4:49]
13. Turning Point/Mixing Cultures [6:39]
14. Destruction [2:30]
15. Billy Wilder/Academy Award [10:25]
16. Concentrating on Basics [2:00]
17. Unavoidable Nudity [7:02]
18. Tricks of the Trade [8:43]
19. Art and Life [1:57]
20. A Director's Job [2:40]
21. Allegory of Artistic Endeavor [12:09]
22. Soviet Censorship/Responsibility [4:59]
23. "A Big Lie"/A Moving Moment [7:32]


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The Tin Drum 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A disturbingly beautiful film with a very interesting plot, you will love this!