The Tin Drum

Die Blechtrommel

Oskar gets born in Germany, in 1924. On his third birthday, just before the impending rise of Nazism, he receives a red tin drum as a gift from his parents. Oskar refuses to grow up, as a sign of protest against the hypocrisy of those around him and the irrationality of the adult world. Through his eyes, the audience will witness defining moments of German history, while the tambourine will become his only means of expression.
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Direction: Volker Schlöndorff
Script: Jean-Claude Carrière, Volker Schlöndorff, Franz Seitz
Cinematography: Igor Luther
Editing: Suzanne Baron
Music: Maurice Jarre
Actors: David Bennent, Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, Katharina Thalbach, Daniel Olbrychski, Tina Engel
Production: Franz Seitz Filmproduktion, Bioskop Film, Argos Films, Jadran Film
Producers: Anatole Dauman, Franz Seitz, Eberhard Junkersdorf
Production Design: Nikos Perakis
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: West Germany, France, Poland
Production Year: 1979
Duration: 162'
Contact: Tamasa Distribution ( /
Awards/Distinctions: Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film 1979 – Academy Awards, Palme d’Or – Cannes Film Festival 1979
Production designer: Nikos Perakis

Volker Schlöndorff

Volker Schlöndorff is a German film director, screenwriter, and producer. He has studied Political Sciences as well as at the Institut des Hautes Études Cinematographique (IDHEC) in Paris, France. He is one of the major directors of the New German Cinema of the late 1960s and early 1970s. In 1979 he won the Oscar for Best Foreign Feature film, as well as the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for The Tin Drum. His latest film is the documentary The Forest Maker which was the closing film for the First Evia Film Project (2022).


1979 The Tin Drum
1985 Death of a Salesman
1991 Voyager
2011 Calm at Sea
2022 The Forest Maker