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Once upon a time in Nazi occupied France...
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds, lead by Lt. Aldo Raine soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.
If there is one person who understands the power of language it is one Mr. Tarantino. He has already proven he is a master of dialogue and here he pushes himself even further and tries his hands at writing dialogue not only in a completely different time period but also in not one but three other languages than English.
And the thing that increases the insane amount of respect I already had for the man is the fact that he succeeds superbly in capturing the cadence and flair we've come to expect from him in all of them.
Tarantino is never one for the complicated plot, he is all about the narrative, both visual and lingual. Here, he perhaps finds…
Upon its original release I approached Inglourious Basterds with some trepidation having found Tarantino’s previous two films (Kill Bill vol. II and Death Proof) to be self-indulgent, overly long and poorly plotted. Therefore it came as quite a surprise that I absolutely loved this comic book revenge fantasy despite it suffering from exactly the same issues that dogged his previous films. So why the change of heart despite it featuring familiar complaints?
Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, is that the film signalled a return to Tarantino’s great characters and dialogue. Death Proof was torturously boring for me because the film’s characters were just as dull (with the exception of the criminally underused Stuntman Mike) yet in Inglourious Basterds the film…
The last time I watched Inglourious Basterds was in a movie theater in 2009. Upon revisiting it last night I was surprised to find I liked it even more the second time around.
I was almost surprised at how often I found myself laughing at Brad Pitt's character's facial expressions, he was really great as Lt. Aldo Raine. Mélanie Laurent was also fantastic as the brave, intelligent and dedicated, escaped Jewish Frenchwoman named Shosanna who owns a little movie theater in Nazi occupied France. I loved her character even more when she was putting on her war paint to the tune of David Bowie's "Cat People" (Putting Out Fire). There is a scene where Shosanna is unwillingly and unexpectedly sitting…
The sixth film by Quentin Tarantino finds the esteemed filmmaker in sublime form as he blends the genres of war & spaghetti western into one stylish, violent & vengeful cinematic delight that brims with Tarantino's patented wordplay, fascinating characters, uninhibited violence, outstanding cast & excellent performances to deliver a thrilling ride that enthrals, entertains & satisfies on all levels, and keeps getting better with every subsequent viewing.
Set in Nazi-occupied France, Inglourious Basterds intercuts two storylines. First concerns a young Jewish girl who, after witnessing her family being killed by an SS officer, plots her revenge several years later when a German war film is arranged to premiere at her theatre. The second plot follows a team of Jewish-American soldiers who plan to assassinate…
Oh yes...this is fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. Let's just review some of the things I love about it:
1. The fact that this may seem like a remake from the title, but has pretty much no relevance whatsoever to the original.
2. Christoph Waltz...his line delivery is the best in the world (looks like he's perfecting it in Django Unchained!)
3. The spaghetti western under-tones. It's possibly the first WW2 western ever, and hopefully the last.
4. The size of Brad Pitt's bowie knife.
5. Michael Fassbender's terrible mistake in the bar.
6. Mike Myer's cameo.
7. Enzo G. Castellari's cameo.
8. The name of chapter 5 (Revenge of the Giant Face).
9. Tarantino's cameo as 'First scalped Nazi'.
Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds has finally clicked with me. Simultaneously a masterful ode to the different flourishes and details of language as well as a fantastical revision of history; Tarantino's overindulgent WWII Western succeeds because of the staggering breadth of its screenplay and the spectacular bursts of the theatrical.
I guess my only defense is that the film was so jam-packed with information that it flew over my head, but honestly even that sounds like a cop out. Sooner or later, you have to bow down to Tarantino unreservedly, and I thought the extent of my adoration had been used up by Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained. Boy was I wrong.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
When Aldo looks at Hans Landa forehead after engraving a swastika on it and saying, I think this just might be my masterpiece. I can really see what Tarantino was getting at.
Basically a master peice.
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#11: A movie set in more than one country.
With 'Inglorious Basterds',Tarantino delivers his best work to date (imo). This alternate look on history brings his trademark visual style, complex dialogue, layered characters and stylized violence in order to create one of the most entertaining movies of the 2000's.
O "evento" Quentin Tarantino é um caso raro no mundo do cinema. Em sua carreira ele conseguiu levar a sua linguagem de cinema autoral ao cinema pop e conceber uma obra rica e de grande impacto, cheia de personagens e histórias que entraram para o imaginário coletivo dos fãs de cinema.
Desde seu primeiro filme, "Reservoir Dogs" (1992), Tarantino mostra o seu talento de Midas, mas ao invés de ouro tudo o que o americano toca vira peça cult instantaneamente. Foi assim também com "Pulp Fiction" em 1994, "Jackie Brown" em 1997 e a saga "Kill Bill" em 2003. A característica básica da sua obra é a famosa paixão do cineasta de povoar seus filmes com infindáveis referências de outros…
Third viewing. No significant change. First act is brilliant (also the tavern scene and the second HL meeting with Shoshanna). Second act not so much and is all downhill from there. Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz and Mélanie Lauren are all outstanding (one-note as her character may be), and the italian speaking scenes are also a highlight. But I fail see anything interesting that he may have to say about the holocaust or about anything beyond his usual cinema references, and I'm not on board on the 'his most mature work to date' or the 'I think this is my masterpiece' compliments. Particularly bad moments: Eli Roth taking aprox forever coming out of a dark cave, Col Landa being dumb in the final act only because script said so, Lieutenant Archie Hicox (Fassbender) blabbering about german cinema, lazy Hitler caracterization.
If I'm judging films on which ones I can sit down and watch anywhere, anytime, and be throughly entertained and never tire of, then Inglourious Basterds is my favorite film.
the more I watch this piece of ART the more I realise this is the best film ever made. Every aspect; the cast, the narrative, the characters and dialogue, the cinematography, the editing ... every single thing embodies perfection.
I've given 5 star ratings to Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Kill Bill 1 & 2, Death Proof (yes I mean it), and now Inglourious Basterds. Some call me a Tarantino fan boy, I call myself happy.
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