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The complete version, re-mastered by the director

Directed by Volker Schlöndorff
Starring David Bennent, Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, Daniel Olbrychski, Andréa Ferréol, Charles Aznavour

Danzig, 1924. Oskar Matzerath is born with an intellect beyond his infancy. As he witnesses the hypocrisy of adulthood and society, he rejects both, and, at his third birthday, refuses to grow older. Caught in a state of perpetual childhood, Oskar lashes out with piercing screams and frantic poundings on his tin drum, while the unheeding world marches towards the madness and folly of WWII. Honored with the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, the current Director’s Cut reincorporates sequences and characters that novelist Günter Grass lobbied for - the Rasputin orgy and the crazed Treblinka survivor-disinfector Fajngold - from twenty-one minutes trimmed to the bin thirty years ago. The result is a visionary adaptation of Günter Grass’s acclaimed novel, an unforgettable fantasia of surreal imagery, striking eroticism, and unflinching satire.

Screenplay by Jean-Claude Carrière, Franz Seitz and Volker Schlöndorff, based on the novel by
Günter Grass
Additional dialogue by Günter Grass
Cinematography by Igor Luther
Editing by Suzanne Baron
Music by Maurice Jarre

1979 Cannes Film Festival: Won, Palme d'Or (Tied with Apocalypse Now)
1980 US Academy Awards (Oscars): Won, Best Foreign Language Film
1980 National Board of Review, USA: Won, Best Foreign Language Film
1980 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards: Won, Best Foreign Film
1980 Bodil Awards: Won, Best European Film
1980 César Awards, France: Nominated, Best Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)
Volker Schlöndorff
1982 Japanese Academy Awards: Won, Best Foreign Language Film

“One of cinema's greatest coming of age stories…” - Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com

“It stands with Rainer Werner Fassbinder's The Marriage of Maria Braun as one of the finest German films of the 1970s.” - Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice

“Volker Schlöndorff is perhaps the most profound of the young German directors who rose in the 1970s, and his brilliant movie is artistically fascinating.” - Glenn Erickson, Film Savant

“His visual translation of Grass’ mix of stark realism and comic fantasy is truly brilliant. “ – Tim Sheridan, Paste Magazine

“One of the ways in which the film is able to seem un-intimidated by the reputation of its source (Grass won a Nobel Prize in Literature; the film got a Best Foreign-Language Oscar®) stems from Schlondorff's decision to pitch it closer to Rabelais than Goethe as it visits the strife that rained down on Danzig (currently Gdansk, Poland),” - Jay Carr, Turner Classic Movies


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