The Tin Drum (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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Oskar is born to three parents who, like the Gdansk they live in, represent 3 ethnic groups: Pole, Kashubian, and German. He is fully conscious at birth and is presented with two paths for his life - one as a shopkeeper and one as a musician. While the people of 1930's Gdansk/Danzig feel forced to choose ethnic sides and mundane occupations, Oskar rejects the "stupid" adult world. He stops growing and learns to assert some control over adults through his drumming and vocal talents.
One of my favorite sections of the book is when he musically subverts a large Nazi rally. Not only was this well done in the movie but was worked into a bonus feature that had Grass reading the book chapter while we watch the corresponding section of the film. The words of the spoken German as well as the subtitled English translation have a lot of power and poetry - this feature is a very rare treat.
You also experience in the film something Schl?ndorff confirms in interviews: it is hard to imagine this film existing without David Bennent. His voice and eyes carry so much of this film. The short interview feature with Bennent is delightful.
I thought the bonus feature on the Oklahoma censorship was interesting and somewhat balanced in that it portrayed the zealousness on both sides. However, I would have preferred to see more of Grass or material on the creative efforts of the film.
On a more serious note, I find Oskar's indictment of society very compelling.Read more ›
The DVD presents a beautiful transfer and a Dolby Digital 5:1 audio track. It also comes with an enlightening audio commentary by the director and co-writer, even though at times the commentary may seem bland and screen specific. Nevertheless, it's insightful in the discussion of the production of the film. Another noteworthy extra feature in the 2nd disc is the documentary "Banned in Oklahoma", which chronicled the banning of the film in that state and its ensuing consequences to the country's values of freedom and liberty.
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A very interesting movie. I still need to think about it a lot. Hopefully I will figure out the symbolism of the tin drum, the perpetual youth of Oskar, and how it all plays into... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Charles I. Jarowski
Gaunter Grass has a very strange mind. If you know the book this movie is most fantastic, it gives some visual images for your minds eye to use, and enriches your thinking. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mr. Robert J. Engan Jr.
I read this book several years ago shortly after it was published. Only recently did I become aware of this movie. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Roger G. Perkins
I watched this movie on TV and liked so much I decided to purchase it thru Amazon. It is well made and the actors are very good portraying their characters. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jose P. Oquendo
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