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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying, Disturbing, Frightening. This film is brilliant, 11 Jan. 2005
This review is from: The Tin Drum [DVD] [1995] (DVD)
THE TIN DRUM (or DIE BLECHTROMMEL, by it's german title) is a film that not everyone has heard of, and if they have, not likely to have seen it. If you have heard of this film, then don't try to presume anything about it because you will never have seen anything like this before, and never likely to see anything like it again.
Oskar Matzerath (Bennent) is a three-year-old boy who carefully observes the behaviour of the adult world during the rise of the Nazis in 1920's Germany. Disgusted by what he sees, he throws himself down the cellar steps in order to stop himself growing, and he succeeds. Oskar continues his observations of adults as he ages like a normal human being, but he is still in the body of a three-year-old, which makes for something truly terrifying.
Oskar has a lot of emotional anger that he only lets out by beating his red and white toy drum that was given to him on his third birthday, and letting out a shrill, terrifying scream that can shatter glass. His (Oskar's) anger is only infused by the many grotesque, violent and perverted acts that occur around him, like the sex scenes between his mother and his uncle, or the rotting horse's head that his father, Alfred uses as bait for eels that he cooks for dinner. When his mother discovers that she is pregnant with another child, it becomes clear to Oskar that Alfred (Adorf), who he thought was his father might not be, but his Uncle Jan (Olbrychski) is. Oskar's mother is overcome with guilt, so she starts eating whole fish, uncooked. Eventually, the guilt overwhealms her and she kills herself in the bathroom. This is when Oskar sees that the world is not going to change, so he starts on his demented way towards living out the rest of his life.
Directed by Volker Schlondorff, THE TIN DRUM is a very powerful, but very disturbing translation from the book written by Gunther Grass, but what the film clevrly does is that it hooks you in to it's demented, but superior story, and when you want to get out, it refuses to let you go, but in the end, you will disapprove of trying to get out, because THE TIN DRUM is so different, so disturbing that you are shocked, appalled and saddened by little Oskar's trip through life as he discovers love, loss and life from his torturous start in life in Danzig to his years in the Nazi race that have overpowered Germany.
Don't expect to relive an experience like THE TIN DRUM because once you see this film, you won't want to revisit the world of a man like Oskar again.
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