in about 100 words or less
West Germany/Yugoslavia/Poland/France 162m, Colour
Director: Volker Schlöndorff; Cast: David Bennent, Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, Daniel Olbrychski, Katharina Thalbach, Charles Aznavour
The Tin Drum is a controversial Academy Award-winning film adaptation of the novel Die Blechtrommel by Günter Grass about a wretched boy named Oskar who decided to stop growing. Though highly praised, this often reviled film remains widely criticized for its implied sexual content between Oskar and his nanny. Continually hammering away on his tin drum, Oskar seems to be a symbol for the Polish resistance, but most often is simply a bad-tempered child who has the ability to break glass with a high-pitched scream. Like him or not, he is one of film’s most surreal and unforgettable child characters (Klaus Ming October 2016).