Inglorious Basterds: Stolz der Nation
The "true" story of Wehrmacht sniper Fredrick Zoller as he single-handedly fends off an Allied siege of a Sicilian town.The "true" story of Wehrmacht sniper Fredrick Zoller as he single-handedly fends off an Allied siege of a Sicilian town.The "true" story of Wehrmacht sniper Fredrick Zoller as he single-handedly fends off an Allied siege of a Sicilian town.
Obviously you don't get to see a whole feature film, it's just a glimpse of the movie presented in "Inglorious Basterds" but it's worth seeing anyway. Lone wolf Zoller is seen firing his rifle against several soldiers, a complete war zone where you can see the man's pain, agony, angry, and even some sense of fulfillment. Yet Roth's film always finds a way to include humored moments such as a spoof to the classic scene from "Battleship Potemkin" where a baby stroller stands between the shooting (also a spoof on "The Dead Zone" movie when the soldier holds the baby to protect himself from Zoller's attack); and the hilarious moment where several Allied soldier manage to create a perfect swastika from their bullets on Zoller's tower but they cannot find a way to hit the guy. Amazing.
Entertainment is the key here, and because Quentin needed this device for his incredible story. I know Eli Roth is fully devoted to the horror genre but I honestly think he should give it a try to make a full feature war film. With this project you can evidence that he has an eye for aesthetics, knows how to edit altogether and present a valuable film. Another thing that makes this film more interesting is that Roth made a behind the scenes where Julie Dreyfus and the actor who played Goebbels in Quentin's film make their comments about "Nation's Pride" and Roth plays the film director Alois von Eichberg, a hystercial and funny performance where he looks like a veteran bossy director talking about his movie (the German accent is hilarious). I saw it on YouTube but couldn't find more information about it elsewhere (except for a wiki site dedicated to "Inglourious" but there's isn't a source where it was released neither technical aspects, cast and crew. It's shorter than the short but quite realistic as well. Thumbs up to all three projects. 9/10
P.S.: 10 years down the road!
- Jul 16, 2019