December 25, 2009
Number 6 —- Inglorious Basterds
Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, need I say more? Well I guess I could. This movie rocks, from the witty dialogue to bloody action, I basically love anything Mr. Tarantino puts out, a list and a pic of the goofy basterd if I may: Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill 1 & 2, Death Proof, Inglorious Basterds and many other projects that he has his thumbprint in. In the opening scene a German officer makes his way to a country estate to question a faithful French supporter of the Nazi regime. He has sworn to inform the German officer of any information about hiding Jews in the area. The sad thing is that this really happened in Germany and Nazi occupied Europe on a very disturbing scale.
Anyway, the officer begins speaking to the man in French, and they carry on with an intriguing accent and subtitles. It is obvious that the country farmer feels less than at ease with this German visitor. They talk and smoke, with the Nazi officer smoking from an extra large pipe. Then the officer proceeds to ask the French man if he may speak in English, ever so politely. He accepts and they continue their conversation in English, quite a nice transition for us here in North America, to have the movie be in English and not with subtitles for the whole thing, which tends to draw the eyes away from the action towards the bottom of the screen for reading. Anyway, they continue their conversation, and the officer points out that he suspects that the French farmer is hiding Jews in his house, he then indicates that his reason for switching to English is because that the Jews that could be potentially hiding in his house would not understand English and therefore would not be the wiser as to what was about to happen. Then they switched back to speaking French after the fact had been revealed by the farmer that there were indeed Jews hiding under his floorboards. They continue to speak in the farmer’s native language as if nothing had happened, the officer says goodbye and thanks him for his time, then steps outside… and lets his enlisted men step inside the house and spray the floor with bullets blood and cries. The survivor from that massacre becomes one of the main characters later in the movie. Did I mention that Quentin rocks!!!!????