Inglourious Basterds: Recut, Nine Clips

by Anne Thompson
August 9, 2009 1:52 AM
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Quentin Tarantino's recut of Inglourious Basterds is one minute longer than the Cannes version, and much improved. It's a gorgeous movie with a great eclectic soundtrack crammed with everything from Ennio Morricone to a brilliant use of David Bowie's "Putting Out the Fire." (Trivia question: what movie debuted that song?)

Knowing what it was, I could settle in and enjoy the pleasures of a Tarantino film. Going in, most people are expecting a World War II war movie starring bad-ass Nazi Hunter Brad Pitt, but there's not much of that. Here's my Cannes review. It's a segmented, five-part drama shot in different styles. Part one is genius, the most overt homage to Sergio Leone. Part two is more Guns of Navarone, then you get into the French New Wave, etc. Tarantino is in love with each and every one of his characters and set-pieces and lets them play out, sometimes at too much length. He thinks we're just as interested as he is and misreads the pacing in several long scenes. The restored scene before the La Louisiane bar-room sequence is intended to heighten the tension.

The movie's star is German actor Christoph Waltz, who landed the role of Colonel Hans Landa because he could speak fluent German, French, English and Italian. He's a villain you love to hate and enjoy watching every minute that he is on screen. In fact, the Europeans do better than the Americans in this movie, all around.

Inglourious Basterds is great fun--for cinephiles. It's not a mainstream movie. If it gets to $50 million domestic there will be cheers through the corridors of Universal and Weinstein Co. And it should easily do better than that overseas.

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6 Comments

  • samshelton | August 10, 2009 5:48 AMReply

    Not only have I seen the incredible movie... I sing on the soundtrack! Check out my song "The Man With The Big Sombrero", originally sung by June Havoc in 1943 comedy "Hi Diddle Diddle"... my new EP releases the same day as the soundtrack Aug18. Tarantino produced an amazing video for it coming out Aug 14! If you're interested, check out my other songs on iTunes and http://www.myspace.com/samsheltonmusic

  • Craig Kennedy | August 9, 2009 8:12 AMReply

    Glad to hear you've warmed up to it Anne. Was it simply a readjustment of your expectations or is the movie significantly different from what you saw at Cannes?

  • Alan Green | August 9, 2009 4:54 AMReply

    hmm. $50 million domestic? i was assuming this pic would have a $50 million opening weekend. guess it depends what it goes up against. still, i'm thinking your assessment is a bit conservative.

  • Barry | August 9, 2009 4:47 AMReply

    "Cat People", the Paul Schrader remake. Now where's my ticket to the premiere?

  • cosimoto | August 9, 2009 4:20 AMReply

    That would be "Cat People."

  • Sergio | August 9, 2009 3:39 AMReply

    To answer your question about the Bowie song, it was Paul Schrader's 1982 remake of Cat People. Now what do i win?

    As for Basterds, it's a problematic, goofy, very violent film that completely subverts your exceptions. but I can't deny it's compelling all the way. It's just that Tarantino is too much in love with his material. Why have a 5 minute dialogue scene when a 25 minute one will do despite how well crafted and suspenseful it is. I think it's going to be very polarizing for audiences. Also you're so right Waltz is the star of the film. One of the best movie villains in a long time

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