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or Volker Schlöndorff, German filmmaker, lecturing on his film Tin Drum (1979). In this lecture Volker Schlöndorff discusses Gunter Grass, the man, the writer, their working relationship, and his novel Tin Drum. He also discusses the chronology of World War II and the rise of fascism, as well as the parallel the novel draws between the life of Oscar and the development of this tragic period in European history. Scholondorff also discusses the meaning of Oscars view of his own birth, and his decision to not group up and stay a child, as to evade entering the obscene 'real' world. Volker Schlondorff also discusses the paradigm of film and literature, and the obstacles encountered in turning a novel into a film. Public lecture for the students and faculty of the European Graduate School. EGS Media and Communication Studies department program Saas-Fee Switzerland Europe 2011 Volker Schlondorff. Volker Schlondorff (b. 1939) is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker. Along with Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, he is considered a part of the New German Cinema, of the late 1960`s and early 70`s. Schlondorff`s films are, however, singular within this group, in part because of his style, but also in virtue of his choice of material. The majority of Schlondorff`s films are adaptations of literary works, including those of Marcel Proust, Heinrich von Kleist, Gunter Grass, Arthur Miller, Max Frisch, and others. Schlondorff has also focused on WWII, its ...