Actors: David Bennent, Angela Winkler, Daniel Olbrychski, Mario Adorf
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about The Tin Drum|
|Based on Gunter Grass's astounding novel, this 1979 German film by Volker Schlondorff tells the story of Oskar Matzerath (Bennent), a boy who knows the world is a rotten place even before his birth. In Danzig in the 1920s and 1930s, Naziism is on the rise, his mother Agnes (Winkler) is having an affair with her cousin Jan Bronski (Olbrychski) right under his father's nose, so Oskar decides at the age of 3 not to grow up. He stays small and stunted, banging on his tin drum to protest a world going crazy. Filmed in Berlin, Gdansk, Normandy, Paris, and Croatia, this bizarre, wondrous, savage, satirical, and extremely earthy 142-minute movie was the most expensive German film ever made before "Das Boot." It won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film and shared the Golden Palm at Cannes with "Apocalypse Now," though for a time in the 1990s it was banned in the U.S. and Canada because it allegedly qualified as child pornography.
--David Loftus, Resident Scholar
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War impact on civilians/veterans
Kind of conflict:
- war (general)
- war, WW II
- a kid
- (man) short/standard straight
Events of movie makes character more...
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- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor?
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- brunette (Brown)
- (woman) medium/shoulderlgn straight
- full frontal
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- general circumstances
- Eastern Europe
- fort/military installation
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Movie makes you feel...
- all mixed up
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- actual description of sex
- seeing breasts
- seeing nude female butt
- seeing nude male butt
- seeing full frontal--women
- Occasional swearing
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