Danzig in the 1920s/1930s. Oskar Matzerath, son of a local dealer, is a most unusual boy. Equipped with full intellect right from his birth he decides at his third birthday not to grow up as he sees the crazy world around him at the eve of World War II. So he refuses the society and his tin drum symbolizes his protest against the middle-class mentality of his family and neighborhood, which stand for all passive people in Nazi Germany at that time. However, (almost) nobody listens to him, so the catastrophe goes on...Written by
Alfred Matzerath says Jan Bronski is a Kashubian, part of a German/Polish ethnic group in north-central Poland, particularly Gdansk (formerly Danzig). The Nazis considered Kashubians Germans. See more »
When painting the picnic scene on top of the bunker roof, the remains of Mulberry Harbor, in Arromanches, France, are visible in the background. The artificial harbor was set up days after the D-Day landing, and the scene is set way before it. See more »
I saw this flick many years ago, and there are images from this movie I shall probably take with me to the grave.
Things I saw in this movie that vividly stuck in my brain are such things as a huge eel being pulled out of a severed horses head that was just dragged from the sea on a rope, a soldier having carnal knowledge with a lady in the middle of a field while being hunted by another soldier, a young boy spitting into a hand of a young girl ...
And I could go on. This movie I found to be extremely unique and varied in many ways. I don't know that I can really recommend this movie all in all, but if you do watch it, be prepared for a very unique experience film wise.
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