The Tin Drum details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Heinz Bennent, David Bennent, Katharina Thalbach, Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, Daniel Olbrychski|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
The Tin Drum
|Run time:||2 hours 16 minutes|
|Rental release:||10 Nov 2003|
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Memorable?Yes Oscar-Worthy All-Time Classic?NoBy QPR Olly from Shepherds Bush,England , 01 Apr 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]Magic Realism is a notoriously difficult genre to adapt to the screen-how can you successfully present what is fantastic,surreal or allegoric through a relatively literal, realistic medium?Volker Schlondorff,with copious thanks to his astonishing lead man David Bennent as the,stunted at three, dwarfish drummer Oskar, makes a fairly good effort at adapting Gunter Grass's complex but brilliant novel here. (To know how a magic realist adaptation can go very wrong, watch wooden Rupey EverettLoveyDarling in 'Chronicle Of a Death Foretold'.Garcia-Marquez is difficult mind;surely 'One Hundred Years Of Solitude' would be unfilmable?) This film is well directed-there are scenes that you'll always remember such as; the surreal image of a horse's head filled with eels horrifying Oskar's mum;Oskar's grand-mother cooking potatoes on the vast Polish plain hiding Oskar's grand-father under her voluminous four skirts;the Nazi destruction of Danzig's Polish Post Office while Oskar's stressed uncle tries to play cards;and Oskar's comic under-mining (and out-drumming) of a pompous Nazi parade. Schlondorff is better at showing the novel's sexual themes-a young boys fear and fascination of the deed(startlingly Oskar rushing towards his naked nanny's vagina)-than representing Grass's main alegorical theme;-the full subtle,incremental horror of The Third Reich and the miraculous post-war recovery thereafter.By ending in 1945 the film leaves out a (very)good half of Grass's book,which ends in 1956.In the DVD bonus interview, the director puts up a not-entirely-convincing argument for doing this.Surely,to get all the good Grass stuff,better to make two 'Tin Drums' than,for instance, Quentin's trick of two vapid bloated 'Kill Bills'? Most of all, your left remembering David Bennent's(Oskar's) eerie eyes in his strange moon-like face,mutely recording the phantasmagorical events.A dead ringer for Frankie Muniz,(the eponymous'Malcolm In The Middle'),congenitally stunted Bennent made this astonishing debut at the age of 11 in 1979 and is today a German stage actor having,reportedly, grown to 5ft. 9inches!
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An immovable object meeting an unstoppable force.By a customer , 19 Aug 2013This could well be one of the greatest films ever made. I can't think of anything that comes as close in having a truly magical sense of wonder and yet at the same time a complete sense of unavoidable dread. It goes without saying that David Bennent creates a centrifugal force around his performance of the little boy who refuses to grow up. But to be honest, all of the performances are exceptional. The film is very much about compliance, with acts of refusal (the boy, his mother, his uncle, his lover / step mother) the only course of rebellion in a society rattling down the road to totalitarianism with the full backing of it's people. Despite it's difficult subject matter, it's a joy to watch. The cinematography is truly beautiful and it's sense of timing is effortless. The sound design is exquisite and the direction is faultless, precise yet emotionally charged. I was sad to see it end. For a film come in at 15 mins shy of 3 hours that's quite something. I saw the directors cut, which by all accounts is the one to watch, rounding out the characters and the narrative that the original theatrical release had to sadly forgo. I'd need to watch it a few times to stand by my opening statement, but right now I can't understand why I didn't take the time to watch this sooner.
Can't be compared to the bookBy Kulturmonster (59 reviews) from Ipswich , 22 Apr 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]I really wish that I had seen this film before reading the book. The film is a great piece of work, and stunning, but the book is multi-layered masterpiece and packed with imagery, and only so much can get into a film. Also, the whole of the final section of the book has been cut out!
So - see this before you get the book, then read the book!
very good,must make the action figure!By cezzysblu (24 reviews) from Birmingham , 20 Mar 2012I feel Oskar's iconic figure should be packaged as an drumming and screaming action toy and up there on the shelf in the comic-book store along with nosferatu,metropolis's maria etc! very weird, beautiful in places and probably one of the most visually brutal films I've seen.
Amazing but often disturbingBy GeorgieLord (3 reviews) from London , 22 Feb 2012This is an extremely intriguing example of German art house cinema and is possibly the most memorable film I've ever seen. I would encourage anyone with an open mind to watch 'The Tin Drum' purely because it is an intense, open perspective into post war Germany through the protesting eyes of a child. The idea of basing a film around a child's tin drum which maintains it's own beat against German nationalism is in itself metaphorically beautiful. It is an adaptation of Günter Grass' novel of the same name so if you're a fan of the author it's definitely worth a watch.
The story tells the tale of Oskar, a child of Kashubian descent, who receives a tin drum for his third birthday and after being surrounded by the depravity of adult life in Danzig, valiantly narrates that he will never grow up. He jumps down a staircase which causes injury, preventing him from maturing physically and seemingly giving him the talent of shattering glass with his scream.
The casting for this film is perfect with David Bennent and those ridiculously big, mesmerising eyes playing the young boy. There is something so eerie and magnetic about the actor's portrayal in the film which really works. The narration of Oskar throughout provides such comedy in contrast to the fair amount of shocking, bizarre scenes in this film. Sometimes you'll be squirming in your seat, left speechless, finding yourself questioning the film's morality or just thoroughly enjoying it. It really isn't for everyone; there's nothing particularly overt but depending on your views, it could potentially cross the line more often than not.
It is a fantastic work of Volker Schlöndorff and my favourite German film so definitely recommended!
Fascinating FilmBy a customer , 06 Oct 2011I watched this film many years ago, parts of it I still remembered, watching it again it's just a great film, bit weird yes, but the charactors are just fascinating, held my attention all the way through, would recommend this to anyone who likes something a bit different.
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