The Tin Drum
() is a 1979
film adaptation of the novel of the same name
by Günter Grass
. It was directed and co-written by Volker Schlöndorff
. Stylistically it is a black comedy.
The film won the Palme d'Or
at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival
and the 1979 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
plays Oskar, the young son of a Kashubian
family in a rural area of the Free City of Danzig
, circa 1925.He humorously explains his lineage, which is illustrated by the camera, explaining how his grandfather being pursued by police, hid under his grandmother's skirts in a potato field. The film also gives a "childs-eye view" of his own birth, from the womb out, and he explains his displeasure at being born.
On his third birthday, Oskar receives a shiny new tin drum. At this point, rather than mature into one of the miserable specimens of grown-up humanity that he sees around him, he vows never to get any bigger. He throws himself down the basement stairs...and stops growing. Whenever the world around him becomes too much to bear, the boy begins to hammer on his drum; should anyone try to take the toy away from him, he emits an ear-piercing scream that shatters glass. Oskar wears a sailor suit and a cap from the SMS Seydlitz
. As Germany evolves towards Nazism
and war in the 1930s the unaging Oskar continues savagely beating his drum. Only after the Soviet
invasion at the end of the... Read More