The Tin Drum

"Extraordinary"

The Tin Drum Review


The Tin Drum is one of cinema's greatest coming of age stories -- probably because its star, Oskar, never comes of age, literally.

Oskar (David Bennett) is a young lad in 1920s Germany, and at the age of three he realizes that as he gets older, the attention he's given will rapidly wane. He decides to quit growing and hurls himself down the cellar. He achieves his goal. Ten years later, Hitler is on the rise, and Oskar is still romping around with his precious tin drum, physically unchanged since that day but deeply affected by life experience nonetheless.

Oskar's story touches on so many facets of life it's hard to know where to start analyzing. His mom is having an affair, he's got a crush on a (much) taller girl, and of course the Nazis are coming. The last half of the film gets a little pokey and metaphysical, but Volker Schlöndorff's masterpiece isn't much impacted by it. Nothing Schlöndorff has touched before or since has reached such mastery -- reaching down into your gut and stirring up all manner of emotions. Bennent (actually 13 years old at the time of release, a long way from three), is a German national treasure: The Tin Drum was his first film, and he has worked little since then (you may remember him in hooves in Legend). It's amazing he didn't win more noteriety or awards for his work here.

It's also a pity that the film was infamously banned in Oklahoma after its release (there is a scene or two of a child's bare bottom, prompting the D.A. to deem it child pornography), depriving many of seeing it but adding immeasurably to its notariety.

Now available on a long-awaiting Criterion Collection DVD, The Tin Drum is getting the attention it richly deserves with two discs of goodies waiting for the viewer to dig into. Schlöndorff offers his own commentary track on disc one, and the second disc includes deleted scenes, a selection of interviews, and a Gunther Grass reading from 1987. The documentary Banned in Oklahoma outlines Drum's censorships problems in detail.

Aka Die Blechtrommel.



The Tin Drum

Facts and Figures

Run time: 142 mins

In Theaters: Friday 11th April 1980

Distributed by: Kinowelt

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Fresh: 15 Rotten: 4

IMDB: 7.6 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Volker Schlöndorff

Starring: as Alfred Matzerath, as Agnes Matzerath, as Oskar Matzerath, as Maria Matzerath, as Jan Bronski, as Anna Koljaiczek (jung), as Anna Koljaiczek (alt), Roland Teubner as Joseph Koljaiczek, Tadeusz Kunikowski as Onkel Vinzenz, Andréa Ferréol as Lina Greff, Heinz Bennent as Greff, Ilse Pagé as Gretchen Scheffler, Werner Rehm as Scheffler, Käte Jaenicke as Mutter Truczinski, as Meyn, as Sigismund Markus, Fritz Hakl as Bebra, Mariella Oliveri as Roswitha

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