The Tin Drum (Die blechtrommel/Germany) | ( Click here to watch )
(142 min; 1979; German with English subtitles)
Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Multiple award winner including Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards, USA 1980; Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival 1979; Challenge Award ‘Golden Bowl’ for Outstanding Feature Film, German Film Awards 1979; among others
Oskar is born in Germany in 1924 with an advanced intellect. Repulsed by the hypocrisy of adults and the irresponsibility of society, he refuses to grow older after his third birthday. While the chaotic world around him careers toward the madness and folly of World War II, Oskar pounds incessantly on his beloved tin drum and perfects his uncannily piercing shrieks. The Tin Drum is Volker Schlöndorff’s visionary adaptation of Nobel laureate Günter Grass’s acclaimed novel, characterized by surreal imagery, arresting eroticism, and clear-eyed satire.