Inglourious Basterds Film Analysis

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The Basterd In Us All Inglourious Basterds is the Quentin Tarantino directed 2009 movie starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Melanie Laurent, and Eli Roth. The story centers around a unique Nazi-hunting unit within the US army known as the Basterds. The unit consists of soldiers who are of Jewish decent with a simple purpose: kill Nazis (and take their scalps as a trophy but that's more of a perk than anything else). The Basterds are led by Brad Pitt's Lieutenant Aldo Raine (or by his German name, Aldo the Apache) and include Eli Roth's Sergeant Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz, Gedeon Burkhard's Austrian-born Captain Wilhelm Wicki, and Til Schweiger's Nazi-turn-Nazi-killer Sergeant Hugo Stiglitz (amongst others). Inglourious Basterds isn't …show more content…
The A-list cast of actors and actresses do a great job of portraying their character, primarily August Diehl with his portrayal of Nazi Major Hellstrom. In most reviews you can see reviewers praise the excellent work Christoph Waltz when portraying Nazi Hans Landa, however, most seem to forget the amazing job Diehl did while portraying another Nazi officer, Major Hellstrom. Though having a relatively small role, Diehl's character steals the one scene he is in. The scene in question is the famous bar scene and it includes Hollywood heavyweights Michael Fassbender and Diane Kruger, but their performances are easily overshadowed by that of Diehl's. Diehl's character, Major Hellstrom, is the main source of tension in the scene; questioning the accent of our heroes, engaging in a casually game of Who am I, are all acts that the Major performed that added the tension and suspense to the scene, especially considering that we don't know if he knows the truth of the "German" officers surrounding him. Speaking of suspense, Director Quentin Tarantino does a masterful job at . Over the course of the 153-minute movie, we see multiple scenes where tension and suspense and masterfully used. For example, the first scene of the film does a wonderful job at filling the viewer with suspense. At first, we don't know if Mr. LaPadite is hiding Jews or not, not until the camera pans down to below the floor to reveal the family in hiding. The suspense in this scene is beautifully done due to the viewer uncovering the real situation halfway through the scene. Another point in favor of Inglourious Basterds is that it is, quite simply, enjoyable to watch. The idea of a Jewish military unit going around and killing Nazis left and right is entertaining enough, but actually seeing it in action is much more satisfying. The demise of Nazis at the hands of those who they have been sending to the death camps is

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