Die Blechtrommel = The tin drum
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[United States] : Criterion Collection, 2004.
0780027973, 9780780027978


General Note
Originally released as a motion picture in 1979.
General Note
Based on: Die Blechtrommel by Günter Grass.
General Note
Videodisc exclusive features: new digital transfer, with restored image and sound and enhanced for widescreen televisions; audio commentary by director Volker Schlöndorff; Maurice Jarre's score isolated on analog track 2. On disc two: rare deleted scenes, featuring commentary by Schlöndorff; Volker Schlöndorff remembers The tin drum, a montage featuring Schlöndorff's thoughts and recollections about the film, along with on-set photos, storyboards and images not included in the final film; video interviews with Schlöndorff and actor David Bennent at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival; "The platform" : a rare 1987 recording of Günter Grass reading an excerpt from his novel Die Blechtrommel, accompanied by the music of percussionist, Günter "Baby" Sommer; Reprinted excerpt from the original screenplay's unfilmed ending; Banned in Oklahoma, a documentary by Gary D. Rhodes following the child pornography lawsuit involving The tin drum; production sketches, designs, and promotional art; original theatrical trailer.
Creation/Production Credits
Bild, Igor Luther ; Schnitt, Suzanne Baron ; Musik, Maurice Jarre ; Szenenmusik, Friedrich Meyer.
Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, David Bennent, Katharina Thalbach, Daniel Olbrychski.
Chronicles Danzig in the 1920s/1930s and the life and times of Oskar Matzerath the son of a local dealer, a most unusual boy. Equipped with full intellect right from his birth, he decides at his third birthday not to grow up as he sees the crazy world around him at the eve of World War II. So he refuses the society and his tin drum symbolizes his protest against the middle-class mentality of his family and neighborhood, which stand for all passive people in Nazi Germany at that time.
Target Audience
MPAA rating: Not rated.
System Details
DVD, region 1, widescreen (1.78:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1.
In German with optional yellow English subtitles.


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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Adorf, M., Winkler, A., Bennent, D., Thalbach, K., Olbrychski, D., Luther, I., Baron, S., Jarre, M., Meyer, F., Insdorf, A., & Grass, G. (2004). Die Blechtrommel =: The tin drum . Criterion Collection.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Mario. Adorf et al.. 2004. Die Blechtrommel =: The Tin Drum. Criterion Collection.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Mario. Adorf et al.. Die Blechtrommel =: The Tin Drum Criterion Collection, 2004.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Adorf, Mario., et al. Die Blechtrommel =: The Tin Drum Criterion Collection, 2004.

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