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Inglourious Basterds (2009), Quentin Tarantino. Mar 21, 2:30pm. View count: One.

Not bad! Fun, all in all. The Tarantino self-indulgence was lower than usual (or, really, it was channeled better: film history, etc.; although the Scary Man Lecturing sequences ran kind of long), and there was a pleasing thematic thread or two that made the whole seemingly straightfaced 'Kill the Nazis!' (pronounced "Na-zees") content much less silly. Maybe it really made the whole movie more evenly silly; Brad Pitt's goofy accent (I thought Brad Pitt was kind of fucking awful, acting-wise and character-wise, but I suspect I am mostly alone in that), the Mike Myers cameo (shudder) -- the seesawing between silly and WWII Serious was somewhat exhausting. Although the violence was generally less... personal than I'm used to from Tarantino, making the overall tone lighter.

The film history stuff was good, of course, and having relatively recently read the biography of Leni Riefenstahl, pretty accurate. (Just check out this shit [admittedly some of it is crap].) The White Hell of Piz Palu was from when Leni Riefenstahl was still just an actor, but at the time Inglourious Basterds took place she'd moved on to being a director much more in the public eye (which is why she could be hated by anyone much), and probably was not in this movie because of a shoot elsewhere. Goebbels wanted her to shoot a film for him (which may have been the root of the film-within-a-film here), but she refused repeatedly and ran away to shoot her own work.
Le Corbeau, the occupied-France film about distrust in a small community, was a nice ref, too.

The main villain did an excellent job, really. I would also like to note that the Masshole was a good Masshole this time.

Reading the beginning of this trivia page, my respect for many of Tarantino's clever moves in this production are mostly crushed -- so many utterly stupid things almost got done. Leonardo Dicaprio? LEONARDO DICAPRIO?

Date: 2010-03-22 05:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chmmr.livejournal.com
Oh also, Le Corbeau which we saw recently was on the movie theater's marquee the first time we see it. I like it when Tarantino pulls from something a little less off the beaten path like that.

There was probably a Beastmaster 2 reference right after it though.
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Date: 2010-03-22 03:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanspoof.livejournal.com
Yeah, I concur that the work stands alone, but knowing the background does also make some of the choices more understandable in context. (I can't help it -- I relate to movies as created works, not as events or even stories, really.)
I went back & read Todd Alcott's writeup last night, and I agree with most of it, I think. I don't share his amazement that the movie 'started over' multiple times (I mean, I've seen separate storylines brought together in a final event before!), but I think his points about appearance/artifice are good ones. (That's partially why I don't get into Brad Pitt as a character -- because his one-level, good-old-american persona was (apparently) genuine, and any sort of deception or even trying for the sake of his mission to be something else was portrayed as unthinkable for him. Not because he is upright and good, but likely enough because he is kind of dumb.)

Date: 2010-03-23 02:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mmcirvin.livejournal.com
Reading about some of the cheesy stuff Kubrick tried on 2001 makes him sound like an idiot. But the real idiocy would have been to not reject the stuff after it was tried. There was some SFX guy quoted in Cinefex who speculated that, contrary to everything you'd think, Stanley Kubrick actually had very little visual imagination--what he had was an incredible eye, so he had to have the effects guys try everything and look at it for himself.

Date: 2010-03-23 03:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanspoof.livejournal.com
Valid, valid. I shouldn't be such a dick about Tarantino.


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