Inglourious Basterds

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Inglourious Basterds is a fictional film in German-occupied France during World War II. The movie starts with the weaving of two individuals stories. The first story is the story of Jewish Shoshanna Dreyfus, who narrowly escapes death by the untouchable German colonel Hans Landa during a raid at the house of the nearby farmer, where she and her family were hiding. Shoshanna reappears three years later in Paris, where she has acquired the identity of Emmanuelle Mimieux and owns a small cinema she inherited from her aunt and uncle. The second story is the story of an American soldier group, called Basterds, which is lead by Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt). The Basterds come to Europe to bring havoc to the Third Reich and kill as many Germans as possible.

Although the Basterds and Emmanuelle do not know each other and never meet during their film, their stories converge in Paris. Emmanuelle meets the German officer Fredrick Zoller (Daniel Bruhl, mostly famous for his role in Goodbye Lenin), who tries to impress her and win her love by arranging to have the premiere of Goebbels’ new movie “Stolz Den Nation” (Pride of the Nation), in which he stars, in Emmanuelle’s cinema. Both Emmanuelle and the Basterds seize the opportunity to organise plots to kill Adolf Hitler, who will be attending the premier with other highly ranked officials. For Emmanuelle, this is the perfect time for revenge for her family and for the Basterds the perfect time to end the war.

The movie, although far from the success of Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, represents Tarantino’s mature writing and his superb directing ability. It will definitely pin your down as you watch the portrayal of the individual characters, the gradual unveiling of the plot and you witness the merciful – and a bit unexpected- finale. Simply, another Tarantino classic.

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