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THE BIGGER PICTURE: THE TIN DRUM

Director: Volker Schlondörff

142 minutes, West Germany-France-Poland-Yugoslavia, 1979, Subtitled, Colour Blu-ray


This film screened on Wednesday 29th July  2015.

BAFTA award-winning writer-director Neasa Hardiman will this month present Volker Schöndorff’s The Tin Drum, adapted from the novel by Günter Grass, justifying its importance in the canon and identifying its resonance for modern audiences. David Bennent is Oskar, who decides at the age of three to stop growing, in protest at the cruel and base behavior of the adults around him. His resolve is strengthened as he witnesses the rise of Nazism.

Standing apart from German history of the early 29th century, Oskar makes for a striking narrator, his unsettling appearance, piercing scream,and the banging of his tin drum accentuating his unwillingness to join in what he deems an escalating madness in society. The recipient of numerous awards, including the Palme d’Or and he Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Schlondörff’s film infuses political allegory with surrealism and black humour.

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