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Inglourious Basterds

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by Sirian Sun, Aug 21, 2009.

  1. Bell and I saw this movie last night and thought is was brilliant :)

    The new film from the always provocative Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction) employs propaganda and pulp in equal measure, and weaves together the infamous, oppressed, real and larger-than-life stories of WWII for an "inglorious, uproarious thrill-ride of vengeance".

    In the first year of the German occupation of France, Shosanna witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa. She narrowly escapes and flees to Paris where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema.

    Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine organises a group of Jewish American soldiers to perform swift, shocking acts of retribution. Later known to their enemy as "The Basterds", Raine's squad joins German actress and undercover agent Bridget Von Hammersmark on a mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich.

    Their fates converge under a cinema marquis, where Shosanna is poised to carry out a revenge plan of her own...

    Well worth going to see if you are a fan of Tarantino films :applause:
  2. is it anything like death proof?
  3. Looks awful, but everybody is saying good things.

    Wonder how the Judaism of the squad links in to the storyline though...
  4. Can't wait to friggin see this!

    Looks like one hell of a fun film to watch.
  5. From NineMSN...

    Quentin Tarantino's blood-drenched fantasy of Jewish GIs who slaughter the top Nazis, Inglourious Basterds, dazzled German critics who said it ripped up the rulebook for World War II films.

    Ahead of the film's international release this week, German reviewers were rapturous over the fictitious squad of Nazi killers who stop the Holocaust and take brutal revenge, with some calling the picture "historic" and "important".

    Only a handful expressed qualms over Tarantino's trademark gore-splattering, most relishing the cinematic massacre of the Nazi brass including Adolf Hitler by a band of Jewish-American soldiers, led by Brad Pitt, as deeply satisfying.

    "Inglourious Basterds is brazen, a declaration of war, a pleasure," the normally staid Frankfurter Allgemeine daily said.

    "Tarantino shows the Nazis as they really were: a pack of pompous trash - thoroughly trivial bad guys."

    However the paper had a word of warning about Tarantino's larger-than-life Nazis, led by this year's best-actor laureate in Cannes, Austrian Christoph Waltz as a "Jew-hunting" SS psychopath.

    "When evil is presented as well and as elegantly as he does, we can easily be seduced by it," it wrote.

    Filmed in part in Germany, the picture is according to Tarantino a "spaghetti western but with World War II iconography" that was also influenced by the French New Wave.

    "This ain't your daddy's World War II movie," Tarantino has said.

    The title of the film was inspired by Italian director Enzo Castellari's 1978 movie The Inglorious Bastards.

    In the genre-blurring tale - with David Bowie on the soundtrack - Pitt plays Lieutenant Aldo Raine who heads the squad of Jewish-American soldiers behind enemy lines in German-occupied wartime France.

    Aldo tells his men to bring him the scalps of 100 Nazis each, and vows to terrorise the German army with the "disembowelled, dismembered and disfigured bodies we leave behind us".

    A parallel storyline involves a Jewish woman bent on revenge after seeing her entire family being wiped out by the Nazis.

    Hitler, Goebbels and top Nazi henchmen appear in the movie which culminates in an outlandish plot to take out the German leadership at the Paris premiere of a Nazi propaganda film.

    "Tarantino manages to create great cinema with his cheeky historical concoction - despite using actual historical figures from Hitler to De Gaulle, he made nearly everything up," the Financial Times Deutschland wrote.

    "Because, unlike Pulp Fiction or Kill Bill, only the evil are massacred, the audience cheers the violent scenes with gusto," it said in a review headlined Kill Hitler.

    "This isn't camp, it isn't pulp - you miss the point using such categories with Tarantino - but rather a vision never before seen in the nearly exhausted world of cinematic images," the Berlin daily Tagesspiegel wrote.

    "It took 65 years for a film-maker, instead of bringing Germany's evil 20th century history to life once more to have people shudder and bow before it, to simply dream around it. And to mow all the pigs down. Catharsis! Oxygen! Wonderful retro-futuristic insanity of the imagination!"

    Munich daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung said its readers "must" see the picture, and offered favourable comparisons with this year's "Valkyrie" a Tom Cruise vehicle about a failed 1944 plot against Hitler.

    "Regardless of whether you then love or hate the film, your reaction will not be lukewarm. There is so much in it to discover," it wrote.

    "More than horror, Tarantino fears the conventions that have long surrounded the Nazis and the Holocaust - these leaden, sepia-toned suggestions of authenticity that a film can never really live up to.

    "Tarantino throws gasoline on the fire of the Nazi film to create the big bang to clear the way. A crazy idea. So crazy that it might just work."
  6. Arrgh - spoilers much?!
  7. They are not spoilers Bravus :wink: Trust me lol, if you see it you will understand
  8. Bruce Willis is dead the whole time!
  9. Yeah thanks Sooty, you have blown it now :p
  10. Really looking forward to seeing this one.
  11. It needed more violence and gunplay to balance it out. I give it a B+.
  12. it doesnt have 15 minute conversations about crap filmed from one camera angle does it?
  13. QT does love his character development and he does it very well and this time he also has left the film chapters in consecutive order instead of selectively ordered, as per Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill etc. Having said that, the impression that I took away from the IG trailer was that there was more story about the troup of basterds and their exploits or at least that is what I felt when I saw the trailer for the first time. However that is not the case.
    He does weave some nice fiction into the film and quite believeable it appears too ( except for the Hitler assasination in a Paris theatre which is so much harder for me to imagine given the very famous reality that has been drummed into us from history ) and especially that of the Jew Hunter, Nazi Col Hans Landa who is a right nasty bastard ( that actor should win an award for his performance ) but the story development was overly long in my opinion - and I acknowledge it is only my opinion.
    I guess I was expecting a little more of the well executed, imaginative & traditional QT battle scenes be included which I have become fond of but alas.. it was not to be.

    Oh and kudos to Mike Myers for his small role which he played quite well!
  14. QT is an acquired taste ..
    Can't wait to see this film
  15. I've seen a couple of interviews with Tarantino about this film, and every time I see him my opinion of him lowers. He has got to be the most arrogant, self-indulgent, self-congratulatory pompous ass in the entertainment world.

    I enjoy most of his films for what they are, but he seems to think he is a visionary, culture-shaping demi-god. He admits that the film is (bottom line) pure fiction, that his films are shaped and restricted by self-imposed limitations of genre... and then goes on to talk about it like it is an epoch defining moment of historical interpretive brilliance.

    I understand that his job and his interest is to talk it up, but he really needs to get over himself. I'll still see it - eventually - but the interviews have really spoiled it for me.

    Glad others enjoyed it, just btw!
  16. I purposely avoid watching special features, interviews and learning about the private lives of those in the film industry for that very reason: it can ruin the experience of watching what is otherwise an excellent film when you know what drips the people involved are.

    Will never be able to watch a Tom Cruise film again, new or old. :p
  17. New maybe but I can't go past a Top Gun rerun...because he was inverted.
  18. Slow mo footage of me taking a dump would be better than Death Proof, so this had better be an improvement on that. Given what I've heard so far I have hopes that this is QT back on form.
  19. But Bruce Willis always acts as if he's dead... :p :LOL: