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The Tin Drum

4

Can a drum and refusing to grow up stop the war...

Günt er Grass ’ bests eller, a scathing political fantasy about the Nazis’ rise, gets a solid but slightly unimaginative adap from Volker Schlöndorff, reliable workhorse of the German New Wave. Twelve-year-old David Bennent plays Oskar, a Danzig-born kid (as was Grass) who at age three refuses to grow any bigger in protest at the Nazi menace.

Instead he marches round beating his drum and screaming loud enough to shatter glass. The film picked up multiple awards and a Best Foreign Film Oscar, but as an allegory it seems at once thin and heavy-handed.

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