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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?
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