The Tin Drum

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Released 1979

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Director:
Volker Schlondorff
Released:
1979
Rating:
R
Danzig, Germany, 1924. Oskar Matzerath is born with an intellect beyond his infancy. As he witnesses the hypocrisy of adulthood and the irresponsibility of society, Oskar rejects both, and, at his third birthday, refuses to grow older.

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  • 100

    Slant Magazine

    The Tin Drum, adapted from the eponymous novel by Günter Grass, doesn't cast the story in a new light, though it does deepen a few of its subplots.

  • 63

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    The Schlondorff version of The Tin Drum is never more than an intelligent reduction and simplification of an enormous and complex work of art. [26 Apr 1980]

  • 50

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    My problem is that I kept seeing Oskar not as a symbol of courage but as an unsavory brat; the film's foreground obscured its larger meaning.

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