Inglourious Basterds

Revision Notes for Inglourious Basterds


Inglourious Basterds: Background

- Directed By Quentin Tarantino

- Released in 2009


  • Lt. Aldo Raine - Brad Pitt
  • Shoshanna Dreyfus - Mélanie Laurent
  • Colnel Hans Landa - Christoph Waltz
  • Sgt. Donny Donowitz (The Bear Jew) - Eli Roth
  • Lt. Archie Hicox - Michael Fassbender
  • Bridget Von Hammersmark - Diane Kruger
  • Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz - Til Schweiger
  • Hitler - Martin Wuttke
  • Frederick Zoller - Daniel Bruhl
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Inglourious Basterds: Fragmentation

- The use of chapters breaks up the narrative into 5 seperate chunks

- Flashback of Scalping victim talking to Hitler

- Hugo Stiglitz section with flash up of name in 70's Grinhouse font (similar to Hobo With A Shotgun)

- Shoshanna Dreyfus writting flashes up in front of cinema

- Nation's Pride is the film within the film (Directed by the 'bear jew' Eli Roth)

- Shoshanna imagining sex between Goebbells and interpreter 

- Old footage of films and information about 35mm film tape

- Names of Martin Borrman and Herman Goring flash up in the cinema

- Sudden breaking away of Shoshanna's narrative to Hans Landa's

- Languages used e.g. Italian, German, English and French

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Inglourious Basterds: Homage

- "Once upon a time in Nazi Occupied France" is homage to Once Upon A Time In The West

- Long shots at the beginning have a Spaghetti Western feel to them

- Title is taken directly from Inglorious Bastards

- Archie Hicox taken from a real life director

- Hugo Stiglitz is the real name of a Mexican actor

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Inglourious Basterds: Pastiche

- Same shot used through the doorway as in The Searchers

- Handshake between Hans Landa and Frederick Zoller is very similar to that in Schindler's List

- Soldiers lining up in front of Lt. Aldo Raine is the same as in The Dirty Dozen

- Footage taken directly from an old warning video about 35mm tape

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Inglourious Basterds: Parody

- Hans Landa getting out his bigger pipe and drinking the milk in one sip

- Sex between Goebbells and interpreter

- British characters are overly British

- Hans Landa's over the top laughter

- Lt. Aldo Raine's poor Italian and Dominic Decoco saying it the best

- Lt. Aldo Raine's headbutt

- Hans Landa pouring wine for the two Basterds yet they can't drink it

- Hitler asking for gum

- Zoller killing so many people that shocks Shoshanna

- Mockery of Hitler

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Inglourious Basterds: Self-referentiality

- Projectionist Job

- Film-making equipment (35mm) Tarantino only films on 35mm

- Samuel L. Jackson doing the voiceover's

- Tarantino is the first scalping victim

- Fassbender plays a film critic

- Krueger plays an actress

- Lips and bare feet shown in Tarantino's film Pulp Fiction in particular

- God's eye shot used in Kill Bill also

- Trunk shot used twice and in all his other films e.g. Death Proof, Reservoir Dogs

- Lt. Aldo Rain says hes from Tennessee which is where Tarantino is from

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Inglourious Basterds: Intertextuality

Films referenced:

  • Winnetou
  • King Kong
  • The Kid
  • Novajo Joe (Scalping)

- Director G.W. Pabst is mentioned heavily

Actors referenced:

  • Van Johnson
  • Edgar Wallace
  • Martha Harx
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Inglourious Basterds: Rejects Boundaries/Subverts

- Killing of Hitler

- Shoshanna Dreyfus Dies - Unexpected

- All the characters in the basement bar get killed at once

- Von Hammersmark shoots Wilhelm

- Close up of the carving of the swatstica in Hans Landa's head

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Inglourious Basterds: Ambiguity/Duality

- Old Universal start

- Don't Know what happens to LaPadite

- Slight smile seen of LaPadite

-Genre is ambiguous:

  • War
  • Revenge
  • Comedy
  • Western (Music and scenery)

- Comment on the German and British 3

- There is a long meaningless conversation in the bar lasting 20 minutes or so

- Tarantino plays first scalp victim and Eli Roth plays the Bear Jew and directs Nation's Pride

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Inglourious Basterds: Film References

Inglourious Basterds, 2009, Tarantino

Once Upon A Time In The West, 1968, Sergio Leone

Hobo With A Shotgun, 2011, Jason Eisener

The Searchers, 1956, John Ford

Schindler's List, 1993, Steven Spielberg

The Dirty Dozen, 1967, Robert Aldrich

Pulp Fiction, 1994, Tarantino

Kill Bill, 2003, Tarantino

Death Proof, 2007, Tarantino

Navajo Joe, 1966, Sergio Corbucci

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Inglourious Basterds: Film References (2)

Drive, 2011, Nicholas Winding Refn

The Kid, 1921, Charlie Chaplin

King Kong, 1933, Merian C. Cooper

Winnetou (The Warrior), 1963, Harald Reinl

Inglorious Bastards, 1978, Enzo G. Castellari

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