The Tin Drum (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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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 a visionary adaptation from Volker Schlöndorff (Young Törless) of Nobel laureate Günter Grass’s acclaimed novel, characterized by surreal imagery, arresting eroticism, and clear-eyed satire.
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I also know understand the underlying symbolism much better than when I read the book.
Gunther Grass is an excellent writing; hope to find movies from his other novels.
While reading the book, I really viewed Oskar as an adult in the last half of the book. Although in the movie it is very difficult to do this, since it is a small child actor. In this regard, the book was better.
In another regard, I give the edge to the movie in how they had WWII footage interlaced with the plot. While reading the book, I sometimes forgot there was a war going on - and a very large one at that. I think the movie did a nice job of reminding you of the seriousness of this war while the antics of the characters was going on.
All in all, I thought this movie was very good particularly for those who liked the book. Unlike many movies based on novels, this one does not disappoint you....
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