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This Oscar-winning adaptation of Günter Grass's novel is an absurdist fantasy about a little German boy (David Bennent) who wills himself at the age of three not to grow up in protest of the Nazi regime. Made unnecessarily notorious in recent years due to overzealous censors in some parts of the United States, the film is more startling and surreal than obscene. Bennent is very good, and while the 1979 film doesn't meet the high standards of the best work from the then-renaissance of German film, it has a special place in the hearts of many who saw it upon its release. Directed by Volker Schlöndorff (The Handmaid's Tale). --Tom Keogh
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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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