Inglourious Basterds

D: Quentin Tarantino
Universal/TWC/A Band Apart (Lawrence Bender)
US/Germany 2009
147 mins


W: Quentin Tarantino
DP: Robert Richardson
Ed: Sally Menke
PD: David Wasco
Cos: Anna B. Sheppard

Brad Pitt (Lt. Aldo Raine), Melanie Laurent (Shosanna Dreyfus / Emmanuelle Mimieux), Christoph Waltz (Col. Hans Landa), Michael Fassbender (Lt. Archie Hicox), Eli Roth (Sgt. Donny 'The Bear Jew' Donowitz), Diane Kruger (Bridget Von Hammersmark), Daniel Brühl (Pvt. Fredrick Zoller), Til Schweiger (Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz)

A busy mix of wartime action, cartoon violence, Nazi propaganda satire and lugubrious black comedy which can only be done by Quentin Tarantino, who brings the style of a western into a war movie, with Texan Brad Pitt and his apache-hunting commandos on a mission to scalp German soldiers. Meanwhile, a French-Jewish cinema owner is forced by officials to hold the premiere of a Nazi Propoganda film.
It wavers between genius and nonsense and plays fast & loose with historical facts but does it very well. Excellent acting from all involved, especially Christophe Waltz (a deserved winner of the Best Supporting Actor Oscar), Melanie Laurent & Diane Kruger.
Eli Roth & Brad Pitt in Inglourious Basterds
Eli Roth & Brad Pitt in Inglourious Basterds