Film Discussion “The Tin Drum” (Die Blechtrommel)

The Tin Drum won the 1979 Palme d'Or and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1980.


Film Discussion “The Tin Drum” 


The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel) is a 1979 film adaption of Günter Grass’ novel of the same title, directed by Volker Schlöndorff from a screenplay co-written with Jean-Claude Carrière and Franz Seitz. The film stars Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, Daniel Olbrychski, Katharina Thalbach, Charles Aznavour, and David Bennent in the lead role of Oskar Matzerath, a young boy who willfully arrests his own physical development and remains in the body of a child even as he enters adulthood.

Oskar Matzerath (David Bennent) is a very unusual boy. Refusing to leave the womb until promised a tin drum by his mother, Agnes (Angela Winkler), Oskar is reluctant to enter a world he sees as filled with hypocrisy and injustice, and vows on his third birthday to never grow up. Miraculously, he gets his wish. As the Nazis rise to power in Danzig, Oskar wills himself to remain a child, beating his tin drum incessantly and screaming in protest at the chaos surrounding him.

The Tin Drum won the 1979 Palme d’Or and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1980.

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