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Brad Pitt takes no prisoners in Quentin Tarantino’s high-octane WWII revenge fantasy Inglourious Basterds. As war rages in Europe, a Nazi-scalping squad of American soldiers, known to their enemy as “The Basterds,” is on a daring mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich. Bursting with “action, hair-trigger suspense and a machine-gun spray of killer dialogue” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone), Inglourious Basterds is “another Tarantino masterpiece” (Jake Hamilton, CBS-TV)!
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Song, and music in general, is key to any Tarantino film, from Reservoir Dogs ("Stuck in the Middle With You") to Pulp Fiction ("Flowers on the Wall") and Jackie Brown ("Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time"). In Inglorious Basterds the key is the Morricone-like soundtrack that, as in Leone's films, asks us to feel the joy of the filmmaking -- the bravura assembly of images -- as well as take in more deeply the unfolding story. In this case, it is a tall tale, with many moving parts: a group of wild American Jews are put together by the American military in World War II to kill and scalp Nazis, and as the story spins up from scenes such as the early one in the German forest with the killing of a German soldier by baseball bat, we come, perhaps naturally, to an attack on the Fuhrer himself in a movie theater which has most recently played a G.W. Pabst film starring Leni Riefenstahl. There is the leader of the Basterds (played with opera buffa joy by Brad Pitt), there is the escaped Jewish girl (played with fragility and steel by Melanie Laurent) and, among a couple of dozen other speaking parts, there is the "Jew Hunter," played by Christoph Walz with a certain kind of aesthete's lightly curtailed rage that is exciting, terrifying and nervily humorous to watch. It is a film of wrought performances, and Walz's is the best.
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Some of the scenes in this movie are just heart stopping intense and enthralling. The opening scene as someone else mentioned. The dialogue is just irresistible. And the scene in the basement tavern. Every time I watch it, I still squirm with uneasiness, the tension is truly griping.
This movie IS a classic. It's outlandishness is somehow balanced by incredibly good acting, making the unbelievable become real.
It's just unique in every way, pure imaginative entertainment. Proof once more there is no one with the balls and imagination and brilliance of Q. Tarintino. Bravo!