“There was once a credulous people… who believed in Santa Claus. But Santa Claus was really… the gas man! “
Danzig, Germany, 1924. – Oskar Matzerath is born with an intellect beyond his infancy. Appalled by the hypocrisy of adulthood and the irresponsibility of society, Oskar, on his third birthday, refuses to grow older. Behind the mask of a perpetual child, Oskar plays his tin drum and lashes out at all he surveys, while the unheeding, chaotic world marches onward to the madness and folly of World War II.
Volker Schlöndorff’s The Tin Drum is a truly visionary adaptation of Nobel laureate Gunther Grass acclaimed novel. An unforgettable fantasia of surreal imagery, striking eroticism, and unflinching satire. It vividly portrays the vacuousness of German middle-class culture and its susceptibility to the rigors and transcendentalism of Nazism. The Tin Drum is a richly textured film propelled by the astonishing performance of David Bennent. A loner who literally marches to the beat of his own drum, the boy is by turns demonic, prophetic, innocent, and amoral. It stands as one of the finest German films of the 1970s.
* Palme d’Or at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival
* 1979 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film.