The Tin Drum

THE TIN DRUM
The Tin Drum
Review: About a boy named Oskar Matzerath who receives a tin drum on his third birthday.
Director: Volker Schlondorff
Actors: David Bennent, Mario Adorf and Angela Winkler
Year: 1979
Genre:Art House, International, Drama and War
Conclusion: 4/5
Excellent performance from the young lad who carried the whole film right from the beginning to the end. According to the BBFC website it is believed that there were quite a few cuts that were required but the details are not available. This is a German film so therefore subtitles are needed. Based on a book by Gunter Grass. This film was banned in parts of Canada for its depiction of underage sexuality. At the Academy Awards in 1980 this won one Oscar and that was for the Best Foreign Language Film. At the Cannes Film Festival in 1979 the director won the Palme d’Or Award (Tied with Apocalypse Now). One film critic wrote ‘Fascinating allegory with war, death themes and little boy who won’t grow up’.  

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