- Volker Schlöndorff
- David Bennent, Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler
This superb adaptation of Gunter Grass’s celebrated novel won an Academy Award for Best Film and shared Grand Prize at Cannes with Apocalypse Now. A brilliantly imagined allegory, it is the story of a young Polish boy of extraordinary will whose response to the rise of Nazism is to refuse to grow after age three. A classic of the New German Cinema movement, this film “is sensationally effective ... a droll macabre on the themes of despair and alienation.” (Village Voice) The film has now been restored to its director’s original vision, with twenty minutes of footage unseen since the film was cut at the behest of its distributor in 1979. The result is a visionary adaptation; an unforgettable fantasia of surreal imagery, striking eroticism, and unflinching satire.