THE TIN DRUM
Die Blechtrommel
1979, Janus Films, 163 min, Dir: Volker Schlöndorff

Adapted from the acclaimed Günter Grass novel, this Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar winner stars David Bennent as Oskar Matzerath, a boy whose refusal to grow up makes this one of the most bizarre coming-of-age film ever. Born near the Polish-German border in the 1920s, Oskar has a ringside seat to the rise of Nazism, and uses his tin drum and glass-shattering voice to display his disgust with the adult world. An unforgettable film (including at least a couple of sequences that will make you squirm).


THE ITALIAN CONNECTION
LA MALA ORDINA
1972, RaroVideo, 92 min, Italy, Dir: Fernando Di Leo

NYC mob boss Cyril Cusack dispatches two emotionally dead hitmen (Henry Silva and Woody Strode) to Milan to execute a small time pimp (Mario Adorf, THE TIN DRUM) for allegedly absconding with a valuable drug shipment. The only problem is Adorf is a scapegoat for the real guilty party. So flee he does in the relentless remainder of the saga, including one of the most heartpounding, grueling foot pursuits ever committed to celluloid, all culminating in a brutal confrontation in an auto graveyard. “THE ITALIAN CONNECTION is a work of genius… The two killers in [the film] inspired me to conceive of Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield for PULP FICTION.” - Quentin Tarantino. In Italian with English subtitles.


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