Die Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum)
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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; should anyone try to take the toy away from him, he emits an ear-piercing scream that… More
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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."
‑ R. Emmet Sweeney, Time Out New York
"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."
‑ Eric Melin, Scene-Stealers.com
"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."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Technically and stylistically, The Tin Drum is an astounding work. Thematically, it strives for an importance it only sometimes achieves"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The Tin Drum is a lusty, volatile, surreal and chlling view of the rise and fall of the Third Reich."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"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.)"
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"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."
‑ Ela Bittencourt, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"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"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"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."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"If ever [the characters in] a film embodied Hannah Arendt's principle of "the banality of evil", it's The Tin Drum..."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, PopMatters
"The literal adaptation doesn't transfer that well to film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Fascinating allegory with war, death themes and little boy who won't grow up."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"Oskar's story touches on so many facets of life it's hard to know where to start analyzing."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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