The Tin drum

Germany (West), 1979

Film
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Winner of an Academy Award for best foreign film, this is the story of Oskar, a small boy, born into the feast and famine, the facism and slaughter of Germany during the rise of Hitler and the Third Reich. At three, he’d already had enough of this violent and confused world and decides he’d be better off to remain a three-year-old forever. Incredibly, he remains frozen in size and faces life with two weapons… his tin drum- which he bangs to drown out horror and lies… and his childish voice which he raises to a piercing shriek which breaks glass. German language with English subtitles.

Credits

director

Volker Schlondorff

co-producer

Volker Schlondorff

Franz Seitz

production company

New World Pictures

Language

English

Duration

02:15:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

38999

Audience classification

R (18+)

Subject categories

Adaptations

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Academy awards (Motion pictures)

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Foreign language films

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Children and war

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → World War, 1939-1945 - Germany

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Emotions in children

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Germany

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Gifted children

Foreign language films

Literature → German literature - Film and video adaptations

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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