When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.
In German-occupied France, young Jewish refugee Shosanna Dreyfus witnesses the slaughter of her family by Colonel Hans Landa. Narrowly escaping with her life, she plots her revenge several years later when German war hero Fredrick Zoller takes a rapid interest in her and arranges an illustrious movie premiere at the theater she now runs. With the promise of every major Nazi officer in attendance, the event catches the attention of the "Basterds", a group of Jewish-American guerrilla soldiers led by the ruthless Lt. Aldo Raine. As the relentless executioners advance and the conspiring young girl's plans are set in motion, their paths will cross for a fateful evening that will shake the very annals of history. Written by
The Massie Twins
DIRECTOR TRADEMARK (Quentin Tarantino): (name): Sergeant Donnie Donowitz, is part of the "Quentin Tarantino Universe", sharing the last name of the film producer character, Lee Donowitz, in the Tarantino-written True Romance (1993), where Lee Donowitz produced a war film "Comin' Home in a Body Bag". According to an interview Tarantino conducted with Ron Bennington, Donny is Lee's father. See more »
During the whole movie the character of Diane Kruger is referred as "fräulein" in the subtitles that translate the German language into English. The correct grammar would be "Fräulein", the first letter being a capital. It is a noun like Herr or Frau (Mister or Mistress). See more »
[shouting to the camera, acting in Nation's Pride]
Who wants to send a message to Germany?
[Nation's Pride is interrupted by Shosanna's movie]
I have a message for Germany.
[Hitler and Goebbels watch in shock]
[her image on the screen smirks]
That you are all going to die.
[yelling in German]
Enough! Stop it!
[yelling in German]
Turn off the projector!
And I want you to look deep into the face of the Jew that is going to do it!
[in German as the audience begins to shout in protest and anger]
I don't ...
[...] See more »
Both the opening and closing credits change fonts numerous times, displaying typefaces seen in a variety of earlier and subsequent Tarantino films. See more »
There is one scene that stands out in this movie and in fact, in the entire body of Tarantino's work. The Nazi propaganda film at the end where a fictional German soldier effortlessly massacres his enemies. This scene, directed by Eli Roth, is perhaps the most politically interesting scene in any of Tarantino's films to date. That is, until you realize it's true purpose.
Let's quickly review the essential elements of the mise en abyme which is 'Pride of the Nation':
1. incompetent enemy soldiers die in droves 2. incompetent enemy commander makes unrealistically poor decisions 3. cowardly enemies use innocents as human shields 4. hero is outnumbered but prevails due to patriotism and/or desire for revenge
We may as well be watching The Patriot, American Sniper, Fury, Defiance, or any other war-glorifying, American piece of propaganda. And this is exactly the point we are supposed to take away from the ridiculousness of 'Pride of the Nation'. But, it should then occur to the viewer that the movie we have just watched, Inglorious Basterds, is itself just one of these pointless, war-mongering films with all of the above listed elements.
Never have I seen such callous disrespect of a filmmaker for his own audience. Tarantino is spitting in the face of his fans for enjoying the brutal murder of Hitler (and having enjoyed such a pointlessly violent WWII revenge film) all while 'Pride of the Nation' plays in the background. "You gullible idiots" says he as he laughs at his fans. The audience in the fictional theater in Paris is the audience of Inglorious Basterds.
I would be inclined not to condemn this motif so harshly if the movie itself had more substance to it. Unfortunately, Tarantino whips out all the old stops in this clichéd time waster. Contrived, poorly written dialogue meant to be witty is followed by intense violence which is followed by screaming - end scene. Once again, Tarantino shows that his incapable of deviating even a little bit from this tired formula.
10 of 11 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?