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A Theater Near You

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
7:00 p.m. The Tin Drum
Volker Schlöndorff (Germany/France, 1979)

Restored Director’s Cut!


"Has lost neither its ability to shock and disturb nor its biting, absurdist sense of humor."—New York Magazine

(Die Blechtrommel). The rise of Nazism as seen through the diabolically knowing eyes of a child, the young David Bennent as Oskar. In choosing to remain a child, Oskar locates the politics of brutality in adult behavior, in the doomed setting of pre–World War II Danzig, where he experiences his mother’s simultaneous marriage to a German and love affair with a Pole as a kind of Occupation. Schlöndorff’s adaptation of Günter Grass’s acclaimed novel is an unforgettable fantasia of surreal imagery, striking eroticism, and unflinching satire. We present the recently restored original vision, with twenty minutes of footage unseen since the film was released in 1979.

• Written by Jean-Claude Carrière, Schlöndorff, Franz Seitz, with the collaboration of Günter Grass, based on his novel. Photographed by Igor Luther. With David Bennent, Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, Daniel Olbrychski. (163 mins, In German with English subtitles, Color, DCP, From Janus Films/Criterion Collection)