Incongruent Historical Films: Inglourious Basterds Essay

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Often a film's worth goes beyond what it explicitly discusses, as a films' narrative's nuances and subtleties can communicate more value to the audience than what his clearly stated. This is especially pertinent in historically inaccurate films. Quentin Tarantino's latest two films, Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Django Unchained (2012), are set in a historical time period, but despite this background these are not history films. Both films are brimming with anachronisms and historical inaccuracies, as many similar films are. Inglourious Basterds features a Jewish character killing Adolf Hitler and Naize to achieve revenger, and Django Unchained features a slave turned bounty hunter on a quest to rescue his wife and deliver vengeance to …show more content…
Francis highlights that in the film, after his freedom is brought, the title character Django is allowed to pick his own clothing for the first time. He chooses a ridiculous cobalt blue, 18th century style suit complete with ruffles, stockings, and shoes with buckles. Francis believes that those is hilarious anachronism provides the audience with a laugh, it also highlights how ridiculous it was that slaves were unable to control most aspects of their lives, including making such simple decisions as choosing their own clothes (Francis 37). Hornaday agrees with Francis, believing that these absurdities and historical anachronisms force the audience to think about the real absurdities of the past that penetrate the film, like slavery and racism. (Hornaday) While the Django Unchained depicts such inanities as slave revenge, Mandingo fighting, and Django's blue suit, the audience is able to reflect on the absurdness of real history, like enslaving a group of people for hundreds of years in an otherwise modern society.

Aaron Barlow, Matthew Boswell, Jeanine Basinger, and Terri Francis believe that narrative based, historically inaccurate films can help the audience feel the emotions of the people of the past. Barlow believes that Inglourious Basterds becomes useful because it conveys such emotions of the past. Though Tarantino emphasizes that Inglourious Basterds is

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