Volker Schlöndorff

The Tin Drum

The Tin Drum

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.

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Special 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

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Special 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

The Tin Drum
Cast
David Bennent
Oskar Matzerath
Mario Adorf
Alfred Matzerath
Angela Winkler
Agnes Matzerath
Katharina Thalbach
Maria Matzerath
Daniel Olbrychski
Jan Bronski
Berta Drews
Anna Koljaiczek (old)
Tina Engel
Anna Koljaiczek (young)
Heinz Bennent
Greff
Ernst Jacobi
Löbsack
Andréa Ferréol
Lina Greff
Charles Aznavour
Sigismund Markus
Roland Teubner
Joseph Koljaiczek
Tadeusz Kunikowski
Uncle Vinzenz
Ilse Pagé
Gretchen Scheffler
Werner Rehm
Scheffler
Mariella Oliveri
Roswitha Raguna
Fritz Hakl
Bebra
Emil Feist
Clown 1
Herbert Behrendt
Clown 2
Karl Heinz Tittelbach
Felix
Credits
Director
Volker Schlöndorff
Producers
Franz Seitz
Producers
Anatole Dauman
Producers
Eberhard Junkersdorf
Music
Maurice Jarre
Editor
Suzanne Baron
Director of photography
Igor Luther
Screenplay
Jean-Claude Carrière
Screenplay
Franz Seitz
Screenplay
Volker Schlöndorff
Additional dialogue
Günter Grass
Based on the novel by
Günter Grass
Art director
Nikos Perakis
Set decorator
Bernd Lepel
Production design
Piotr Dudzinski
Production design
Zeljko Senecic
Costume design
Inge Heer
Costume design
Dagmar Niefind
Costume design
Yoshio Yabara
Sound
Peter Beil
Sound
Walter Grundauer
Sound
Peter Kellerhals
Key makeup artist
Ruzica Vidmar

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Volker Schlöndorff

Writer, Director

Volker Schlöndorff
Volker Schlöndorff

Though he would find himself at the forefront of his native nation’s radical New German Cinema movement, Volker Schlöndorff got his training in France. Apprenticed to such trailblazers as Alain Resnais (Schlöndorff served as second assistant director on Last Year at Marienbad), Jean-Pierre Melville (assistant director on Leon Morin, Priest and Le doulos), Louis Malle (assistant director on The Fire Within), he became fascinated by the possibilities of filmmaking as a political tool early in his career. His 1966 debut, Young Törless, based on Robert Musil’s acclaimed novel, was not only the first of his many literary adaptations, it was also something of a New German Cinema call to arms, a political allegory about Germany’s social history set in a boys’ boarding school at the turn of twentieth century. More stinging commentaries on the state of Germany-then-and-now followed in the seventies: The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (codirected with Margarethe von Trotta, Schlöndorff’s wife at the time), Coup de grâce, and his grandest success, the Oscar- and Palme d’or–winning The Tin Drum, a brilliant adaptation of Günter Grass’s metaphorical novel about the horrors of World War II. Schlöndorff has gone on to teach film and literature and continues to make films in Germany and elsewhere.