The Tin Drum The Tin Drum

The Tin Drum

Volker Schlöndorff

 
The Tin Drum (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Germany
  • 1979
  • 163 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • German
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  • Spine #234

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, which earned the Palme d’Or at Cannes and the Academy Award for best foreign-language film, is Volker Schlöndorff’s visionary adaptation of Nobel laureate Günter Grass’s acclaimed novel, characterized by surreal imagery, arresting eroticism, and clear-eyed satire.

Cast

Oskar MatzerathDavid Bennent
Alfred MatzerathMario Adorf
Agnes MatzerathAngela Winkler
Maria MatzerathKatharina Thalbach
Jan BronskiDaniel Olbrychski
Anna Koljaiczek (old)Berta Drews
Anna Koljaiczek (young)Tina Engel
GreffHeinz Bennent
LöbsackErnst Jacobi
Lina GreffAndréa Ferréol
Sigismund MarkusCharles Aznavour
Joseph KoljaiczekRoland Teubner
Uncle VinzenzTadeusz Kunikowski
Gretchen SchefflerIlse Pagé
SchefflerWerner Rehm
Roswitha RagunaMariella Oliveri
BebraFritz Hakl
Clown 1Emil Feist
Clown 2Herbert Behrendt
FelixKarl Heinz Tittelbach

Credits

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer of the complete version, approved by director Volker Schlöndorff
  • Newly remastered 5.1 surround soundtrack, approved by Schlöndorff and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
  • New interview with Schlöndorff about the making of the film and the creation of the complete version
  • New interview with film scholar Timothy Corrigan
  • German audio recording of Günter Grass reading an excerpt from his novel The Tin Drum, illustrated with the corresponding scene from the film
  • Television interview excerpts featuring Schlöndorff, Grass, actors David Bennent and Mario Adorf, and cowriter Jean-Claude Carrière
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Geoffrey Macnab and 1978 statements by Grass about the adaptation of his novel

    New cover by David Plunkert

Film Essays

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The Tin Drum: Bang the Drum Loudly

By Geoffrey Macnab January 15, 2013

Despite the acclaim, Volker Schlöndorff always felt his adaptation of Günter Grass’s novel was incomplete. Thirty years later, he set to work on his director’s cut. Read more »


Film Essays

The Tin Drum: Schlöndorff’s German Fresco

By Eric Rentschler May 09, 2004

“A country unable to mourn,” Volker Schlöndorff wrote in his journal as he adapted Günter Grass’ novel, The Tin Drum. “Germany, to this day, is the poisoned heart of Europe.” When the film . . . Read more »

Three Reasons


10 Things I Learned

10 Things I Learned: The Tin Drum

By Curtis Tsui January 16, 2013


Film Essays

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The Tin Drum: Bang the Drum Loudly

By Geoffrey Macnab January 15, 2013

Despite the acclaim, Volker Schlöndorff always felt his adaptation of Günter Grass’s novel was incomplete. Thirty years later, he set to work on his director’s cut. Read more »


Big Screen


News

The Leopard and The Tin Drum in MoMA Preservation Fest

September 22, 2010

The Museum of Modern Art in New York has announced the lineup of its eighth annual To Save and Project, an international festival of film preservation. This year’s program features more than . . . Read more »


News

Classics on the Croisette

April 27, 2010

The lineup for the seventh annual Cannes Classics, a sidebar of the Cannes Film Festival that highlights new restorations of classics and films previously thought lost, has been announced on the . . . Read more »


News

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, VOLKER!

March 30, 2009

Here’s a quick birthday shout-out to Academy Award–winning, New German Cinema trailblazing Volker Schlöndorff, who turns seventy today. The tireless Schlöndorff is reportedly celebrating in . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Tin Drum: Schlöndorff’s German Fresco

By Eric Rentschler May 09, 2004

“A country unable to mourn,” Volker Schlöndorff wrote in his journal as he adapted Günter Grass’ novel, The Tin Drum. “Germany, to this day, is the poisoned heart of Europe.” When the film . . . Read more »