Die Blechtrommel (1979)
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Well this was something! How some people don't appreciate this movie is beyond me. It has so much to offer: an interesting main plot, the character development, the bizzare/erotic Euro arthouse scenes, the subtle clues of what will happen next... and it all serves beautifully to fully present the historical background of nazi Germany. The nazi regime is of course ridiculed, but it has rarely been presented to be as absurd and appealing as here. The main analogy of small minded German people following the nazi crowd works brilliantly and at the core of all this is the acting of then 11 year old David Bennent and of the rest of the cast too - it just suits the movie perfectly. One of the best German movies of all time, for sure and one of my all time favourites. Can't wait to watch it again!
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This movie ranks #28 in Lola Award - Best German Film
This movie ranks #32 in Academy Award - Best International Feature Film
This movie ranks #35 in Kinemathekverbund's The 100 Most Important German Films
This movie ranks #41 in Butler's Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen
This movie ranks #48 in Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
This movie ranks #79 in Taschen's 100 All-Time Favorite Movies
This movie ranks #110 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #124 in Academy Award - Best International Feature Film Nominees
This movie ranks #137 in 366 Weird Movies
This movie ranks #213 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #260 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #655 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #657 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #719 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #891 in The New York Times's Book of Movies