Film: The Tin Drum 15 rating Year: 1979
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Country: West Germany Genre: Drama
Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Béatrice Dalle, Patrice Chéreau, Rona Hartner

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The Tin Drum Synopsis - The Tin Drum is set in Danzig in the 1920s/1930s an centres around Oskar Matzerath. A boy intellectually aware since he was first born and a most unusual boy. As a rejection of the family and society he observes around him, he decides on his third birthday to physically stop growing and this he achieves. Equipped with a tin drum and a scream strong enough to destroy masonry, he moves his way through the country in a search for the companionship that he cannot find within the confines of his home and society. As Germany's mobilization begins to gather pace and the nation rushes towards another "great" war, Oskar observes the complacency of all around, in its unthinking of what war will bring.

Review of The Tin Drum - A notorious bur rather brilliant film. This extremely powerful story is a reflection of Germany from within as the country launches towards World War II, seen through the eyes of a "child", but the child is intellectually an adult, and invisibility allows him to see people with their guard down. The Tin Drum is also extremely well shot and is rightly considered a classic of modern cinema
The reasons I recommend The Tin Drum are: 1. An amazingly powerful story. 2. The portrayal of Oskar by David Bennent is excellent. 3. A superb score.