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The Tin Drum

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Tin Drum
(Volker Schlàndorff, 1979)
Photo courtesy Kino International
The Tin Drum
Volker Schlàndorff, 1979
Sat, Jan 12, 2002 7 PM
This Academy Award-winning adaptation of Gunter Grass's novel still continues attract acclaim.

Based on Gunter Grass's powerful novel, The Tin Drum won 1979's Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. It's the story of Oskar, a German boy who witnesses the horrific events of the first half of the 20th-century trapped in the body of a three-year-old.

Schlandorff's intense visuals combined with the "boy's" hardened commentary on the devastation around him make for a memorable experience. As critic David Thomson notes, with this film "Schlàndorff...turned himself into an international director. The Tin Drum was an international art-house event, and it is a hard-working picture, as distressing as anyone could expect." (142 mins.)

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