Friday, March 26, 2010

Non-Classic Film Friday Inglorious Bastards

Ok I failed to watch a Classic film. What I watched instead, over two days, because this is one "big" movie in Inglorious Bastards (153 minutes). Now I don't necessarily endorse this movie, but I don't detract from it either. It is a Quentin Tarantino film, that is to say... it is a little out of bounds for some folks.

The plot is pretty simple, in this fictional WW2 movie, Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) is a lieutenant in the army. He has been authorized to reek havoc on the Germans in occupied France. He likes to kill, disembowel, bludgeon, or anything else unpleasant to the enemy. And he does this to a great extent. He leads 8 Jewish-American men, on a tear through the French countryside.

Shosanna (Mélanie Laurent), a Jewish teen-aged girl that has just watched her family killed by German soldiers, runs away with SS Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) watching. She takes over a movie house and assumes a new identity in Emmanuelle Mimieux. This is all important because Shosanna meets Landa again, as a cinema owner.

Meanwhile lieutenant Raine concocts a plan to get into the cinema for the premiere of a German propaganda film that all of the German elite will see (Hilter, Goebbels). And Shosanna plans to burn the theater down with all the Germans still inside, so there is a bit of double screwing going on, but the end result is the same.

I left out the last 10 minutes of the movie in case there was somebody out there that hasn't seen it yet. It was a good movie, a little "round about" in storytelling but that is Tarantino all the way.

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