<i>The Tin Drum</i>. 1979. West Germany/France. Directed by Volker Schlöndorff

Volker Schlöndorff Presents the Digital Director’s Cut of The Tin Drum

Introduced by Schlöndorff

Sunday, November 7, 2010, 5:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

Includes the following film:

  • The Tin Drum

    1979/2010. West Germany/France. Directed by Volker Schlöndorff. Screenplay by Jean-Claude Carrière, Franz Seitz, Schlöndorff, Günter Grass, based on Grass’s novel. With David Bennent, Angela Winkler, Daniel Olbrychski, Charles Aznavour. Schlöndorff presents the digital Director’s Cut of his Academy Award- and Cannes Palme d’Or-winning film, which features thirty previously unseen minutes that flesh out several characters and sequences (most notably that of Mazerath, the Nazi sympathizer who has a sudden reversal of conscience; a critical scene with Fajngold, the Treblinka survivor; and an imaginary orgy at the court of St. Petersburg). The Tin Drum is a dance of death, a grotesque vision of lost childhood and the rise of Nazism. The screenwriter Carrière observes, “It is, first of all, a realistic film, deeply rooted in the Danzig lower middle-class, with its pettiness, its fears and, at times, with a certain grandeur. It is also a fantastic, barbarous film, in which shafts of black light suddenly pierce the suburban streets, the small shops, the monotony, and the daily round. This second, ever present dimension, explosive, haunting, rises as prosaic reality from the ground. And it is the story of Oskar, the incredible drummer who beats out his anger, who shouts his existence and who has decided to remain small among ‘the giants.’” Courtesy Franz Seitz Filmproduktion, Bioskop, and Argos Films. In German; English subtitles. 164 min.