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Inglourious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino's long-awaited action flick (2009) isn't a World War II movie—it's a movie about World War II movies and, by extension, how the Third Reich has become a beloved fixture of American pop culture. One story line riffs on The Dirty Dozen and its ilk, with Brad Pitt as a Tennessee cracker leading a squad of Jewish-American badasses on a search-and-destroy mission through Nazi-occupied France. The other stars Melanie Laurent as the secretly Jewish proprietor of a Parisian movie palace who's plotting to incinerate the German high command at the premiere screening of a Nazi propaganda epic. Tarantino has already caught some flack for daring to use the Holocaust as material for another of his bloody live-action cartoons, but of course the generation that experienced it for real has mostly faded away. In that sense Inglourious Basterds is a social marker as startling as Easy Rider was in its day.

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Director:

  • Quentin Tarantino

Cast:

  • Brad Pitt
  • Melanie Laurent
  • Christoph Waltz
  • Eli Roth
  • Michael Fassbender
  • Diane Kruger
  • Daniel Bruhl
  • Til Schweiger
  • Gedeon Burkhard
  • Jacky Ido
  • B.J. Novak
  • Omar Doom
  • August Diehl
  • Denis Menochet
  • Sylvester Groth
  • Martin Wuttke
  • Mike Myers
  • Julie Dreyfus
  • Richard Samuel
  • Alexander Fehling
  • Rod Taylor

Producers:

  • Lawrence Bender
  • Erica Steinberg
  • Lloyd Phillips
  • Bob Weinstein
  • Harvey Weinstein

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