History Film / InglouriousBasterds

3rd Jul '16 2:50:08 AM morenohijazo
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* SpareAMessenger: The Basterds usually leave a survivor when they slaughter a German patrol, as they want to spread fear through the ranks--but not before carving a Swastika into their foreheads, so even if they ''don't'' tell the story, other people will know it. That's how the story goes, anyhow. The Basterds actually spare the first Nazi willing to betray their side by telling the Basterds what they want to know. Obviously, this cowardice would be punishable by execution if the Nazi's superiors knew about it, to discourage other cowardly Nazis from doing it in the future. Hence, the official reason they're spared is to spread the word, and the Nazi's superiors are content to order them not to tell anyone.
2nd Jul '16 5:26:40 PM everyfloatingcat
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** The pounding musical cue that plays when Shosanna encounters Landa in the restaurant is from the 1982 film ''The Entity'', in which a woman is repeatedly raped by a demonic presence. Since Landa's sudden, traumatic reappearance in her life could be compared to a haunting, the connection is most likely deliberate.
30th Jun '16 12:55:06 PM eroock
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* BonusMaterial: ''Nation's Pride'' is included in its entirety on the DVD.
6th Jun '16 10:46:56 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** Landa calls all of his military assistants "Hermann," which means "army man."



* ButForMeItWasTuesday: It's unclear whether Landa ever knew what Shosanna looks like, but if he did, then he fails to recognize her when they eat together years after he slaughters her family. She, on the other hand, remembers exactly who he is.
** He either suspects who she is, or knows and is deliberately playing with her. [[spoiler:He orders her a glass of milk to drink as a message, calling back to his own actions in the farmhouse just before he told his men to open fire through the floor.]] Or [[TakeAThirdOption he's simply fond of milk]].

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* ButForMeItWasTuesday: It's unclear whether Landa ever knew what recognizes or suspects who Shosanna looks like, but if he did, then he fails to recognize her is when they eat together years after he slaughters meet at the restaurant. His politely pushy demeanor to her family. and his order of milk might be deliberate callbacks to their prior meeting, or he could have no idea who she is and simply be behaving normally. She, on the other hand, remembers exactly who he is.
** He either suspects who she is, or knows and is deliberately playing with her. [[spoiler:He orders her a glass of milk to drink as a message, calling back to his own actions in the farmhouse just before he told his men to open fire through the floor.]] Or [[TakeAThirdOption he's simply fond of milk]].
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* ForWantOfANail:
** The existence of Colonel Hans Landa and the Basterds results in [[spoiler:Hitler getting machine-gunned to death and the war in Europe ending a year early]].
** Had Staff Sergeant Wilhelm's wife [[spoiler: not given birth on the night that Hicox and Von Hammersmark were to make contact with the Basterds, there would not have been any German soldiers in the tavern and the rendezvous would have gone off without a hitch.]]
*** Except [[spoiler:Hellstrom]] was already there, and not part of the party. Unless [[spoiler:the soldiers distracted him from his reading enough to wander over; all the better to hear any discrepencies in accents?]]

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* ForWantOfANail:
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ForWantOfANail: The existence of Colonel Hans Landa and the Basterds results in [[spoiler:Hitler getting machine-gunned to death and the war in Europe ending a year early]].
** Had Staff Sergeant Wilhelm's wife [[spoiler: not given birth on the night that Hicox and Von Hammersmark were to make contact with the Basterds, there would not have been any German soldiers in the tavern and the rendezvous would have gone off without a hitch.]]
*** Except [[spoiler:Hellstrom]] was already there, and not part of the party. Unless [[spoiler:the soldiers distracted him from his reading enough to wander over; all the better to hear any discrepencies in accents?]]
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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Just watch Brad Pitt's face from the moment Landa approaches them in the cinema [[OhCrap and he realizes their plan is a terrible idea]].

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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: FunnyBackgroundEvent:
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Just watch Brad Pitt's face from the moment Landa approaches them in the cinema [[OhCrap and he realizes their plan is a terrible idea]].



** The latter is so brutal it borders on LudicrousGibs.



* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: While no time travel was involved, [[spoiler:the cardinal "Don't kill Adolf Hitler" rule is broken. The movie finished before any consequences were shown, though. However, ''Website/{{Cracked}}.com'' has [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19323_6-movie-tv-universes-that-overlap-in-mind-blowing-ways.html a theory]] which is based on a rumor that's floating around saying that all of Tarantino's movies are in the same universe: the absolute brutality that led to the death of Hitler and the top Nazis, and more than likely the end of the war, led to a more violent future where murder and the like aren't seen as quite as big of taboos as in real life, leading to {{Gorn}}-fests like ''Film/PulpFiction'' and ''Film/ReservoirDogs''. Additionally, everybody in that universe [[AuthorAppeal talks about pop culture all the time]] ("[[Music/{{Madonna}} Like a virgin]]", "Series/KungFu",etc.). [[FridgeBrilliance It stops being odd]] when you realize that Hitler was killed in a theater by its owner and the father of somebody who is going to be a movie producer. Talking about pop culture in Tarantino's universe is SeriousBusiness.]]

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* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: While no time travel was involved, [[spoiler:the cardinal "Don't kill Adolf Hitler" rule is broken. The movie finished before any consequences were shown, though. However, ''Website/{{Cracked}}.com'' has [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19323_6-movie-tv-universes-that-overlap-in-mind-blowing-ways.html a theory]] which is based on a rumor that's floating around saying that all of Tarantino's movies are in the same universe: the absolute brutality that led to the death of Hitler and the top Nazis, and more than likely the end of the war, led to a more violent future where murder and the like aren't seen as quite as big of taboos as in real life, leading to {{Gorn}}-fests like ''Film/PulpFiction'' and ''Film/ReservoirDogs''. Additionally, everybody in that universe [[AuthorAppeal talks about pop culture all the time]] ("[[Music/{{Madonna}} Like a virgin]]", "Series/KungFu",etc.). [[FridgeBrilliance It stops being odd]] when you realize that Hitler was killed in a theater by its owner and the father of somebody who is going to be a movie producer. Talking about pop culture in Tarantino's universe is SeriousBusiness.]]broken]].



* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Zoller's constant attempts to get Shosanna's attention and to help out her theater only get him rejected [[spoiler: and killed.]]
** [[spoiler: Shosanna as well, when her one moment of emotional weakness and display of kindness to Zoller gets her shot. Not that she was going to survive the night anyway.]]

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* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished:
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Zoller's constant attempts to get Shosanna's attention and to help out her theater only get him rejected [[spoiler: and killed.]]
** [[spoiler: Shosanna as well, when her one moment of emotional weakness and display of kindness to Zoller gets her shot. Not that she was going to survive the night anyway.]]shot]].



* NotSoDifferent:
** Though Raine says that "the Nazi ain't got no humanity," it's pretty clear that this film ''does'' seek to humanize the Nazis. Frederick Zoller's one-sided relationship with Shosanna had a certain chick-flick cuteness. He also dislikes watching a movie of himself killing. Private Butz is just a scared boy who wants to survive the war and hug his mother. Sgt. Wilhelm is shown celebrating the birth of his son and is sadly killed (perhaps unnecessarily) on the same night. Sgt. Rachtman is shown to be a brave soldier, willing to sacrifice his life for his comrades in arms. Even the normally unflappable Col. Hans Landa shows shock and anger at the execution of an unarmed German soldier.
** Likewise, even though Raine seems to chastise the Nazis for their inhumanity, he and his unit seemed to be the most inhuman.
*** Though not deeply explored, the one thing that differentiates the Basterds from the Nazis is that even though they are pretty ruthless, they do ''not'' kill civilians. This is something that the Nazis did quite a lot of. By some estimates, 17 million innocents (a lot of whom were Jews just like the family that was hiding under the floorboards at [=LaPadite=]'s dairy farm) were mass murdered by the Nazis during WWII. Hitler's Third Reich set the bar for inhumanity quite high.
*** On the other hand, a great many of the actual German army did not want to go to war. There is never indication that Private Butz (the private that Raine brands and leaves alive after the interrogation scene), Zoller (the celebrated sniper), Wilhelm (the father who is celebrating his son's first birthday at the tavern), or Rachtman (the soldier killed by Donny at the first Basterd interrogation) killed any civilians. Zoller is clearly uncomfortable watching a recreation of him killing hundreds of American soldiers, saying he isn't proud of killing so many men. By humanizing the Nazis and having the Basterds being pretty inhuman shows pretty clearly that there are no heroes in war, just a bunch of [[WarIsHell inglourious basterds]].
*** Nor is it clear that Butz, Wilhelm and Zoller are even Nazis at all, as opposed to German Army soldiers (service in which was ''[[{{Conscription}} not]]'' [[{{Conscription}} voluntary]]).

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* NotSoDifferent:
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NotSoDifferent: Though Raine says that "the Nazi ain't got no humanity," and Nazis are shown to be pretty evil, it's pretty also clear that this film ''does'' seek to humanize the Nazis.German soldiers. Frederick Zoller's one-sided relationship with Shosanna had a certain chick-flick cuteness. He also dislikes watching a movie of himself killing. Private Butz is just a scared boy who wants to survive the war and hug his mother. Sgt. Wilhelm is shown celebrating the birth of his son and is sadly killed (perhaps unnecessarily) on the same night. Sgt. Rachtman is shown to be a brave soldier, willing to sacrifice his life for his comrades in arms. Even the normally unflappable Col. Hans Landa shows shock and anger at the execution of an unarmed German soldier.
** Likewise, even though Raine seems to chastise the Nazis for their inhumanity, he and his unit seemed to be the most inhuman.
*** Though not deeply explored, the one thing that differentiates the Basterds from the Nazis is that even though they are pretty ruthless, they do ''not'' kill civilians. This is something that the Nazis did quite a lot of. By some estimates, 17 million innocents (a lot of whom were Jews just like the family that was hiding under the floorboards at [=LaPadite=]'s dairy farm) were mass murdered by the Nazis during WWII. Hitler's Third Reich set the bar for inhumanity quite high.
*** On the other hand, a great many of the actual German army did not want to go to war. There is never indication that Private Butz (the private that Raine brands and leaves alive after the interrogation scene), Zoller (the celebrated sniper), Wilhelm (the father who is celebrating his son's first birthday at the tavern), or Rachtman (the soldier killed by Donny at the first Basterd interrogation) killed any civilians. Zoller is clearly uncomfortable watching a recreation of him killing hundreds of American soldiers, saying he isn't proud of killing so many men. By humanizing the Nazis and having the Basterds being pretty inhuman shows pretty clearly that there are no heroes in war, just a bunch of [[WarIsHell inglourious basterds]].
*** Nor is it clear that Butz, Wilhelm and Zoller are even Nazis at all, as opposed to German Army soldiers (service in which was ''[[{{Conscription}} not]]'' [[{{Conscription}} voluntary]]).
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** La Paditte's flawless command of English is ''very'' unlikely to say the least, considering the fact that he's just a simple dairy farmer.
** Shosanna speaks no English at the beginning of the movie (in 1940), and yet by 1944 she speaks it well enough to deliver a whole vengeance speech to the awe-struck Germans; in the meantime she presumably never left France once and she had no-one to practice it with. On the other hand, she may have just got her pronunciation right just to deliver the lines and she actually couldn't say much more than that. Still, somebody ''had'' to write the speech to begin with.



** Also, if you speak German, you'll notice that Landa addresses all his underlings as "Hermann", which is kinda funny. Shows he doesn't care about them at all (his final "I made a deal with your General for that man's life!" is even more hollow). This is particularly funny in the scene where he introduces the last Hermann. He even pauses for a moment to remember his name, and then just decides to go with Hermann. Hermann can also be interpreted as "Herr Man", which is German for "Mister Man". Nothing personal indeed.
** Hermann literally means "an army man". How appropriate.

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** Also, if you speak German, you'll notice that Landa addresses all his underlings as "Hermann", which is kinda funny. Shows he doesn't care about them at all (his final "I made a deal with your General for that man's life!" is even more hollow). This is particularly funny in the scene where he introduces the last Hermann. He even pauses for a moment to remember his name, and then just decides to go with Hermann. Hermann can also be interpreted as "Herr Man", which is German for "Mister Man". Nothing personal indeed.
** Hermann literally means "an army man". How appropriate.



** Hans Landa claims that he's hunting Jews simply because Hitler called him down from the Alps to do the job, and that he has no personal grievance against them. The sadistic glee he takes in his job, however, makes him a true villain. Plus, his comparison of them with rats, and saying he hates them even when there's no reason to.

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** Hans Landa claims that he's hunting Jews simply because Hitler called him down from the Alps to do the job, and that he has no personal grievance against them. The sadistic glee he takes in his job, however, makes him a true villain. Plus, his comparison of them with rats, and saying he hates them even when there's no reason to.



** Somewhat ironically, [[spoiler:Staff Sgt. Wilhelm does NOT perform the aforementioned scream when he is killed in the bar shootout.]]



* ThirdActStupidity: Hans Landa is made out to be a smart mind, but in the final chapter he decides to trust his opponents words and delivers himself to them without a backup plan.

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* ThirdActStupidity: Hans Landa is made out to be a smart mind, but in the final chapter he decides to trust his opponents opponents' words and delivers himself to them without a backup plan.



** A notable example is Chapter 1 ("Once Upon a Time in Nazi-Occupied France"), when Landa goes into ridiculous detail in explaining why he wishes to continue his conversation in English, rather than French. Due to how long and involved his excuse is, one can't help but feel it's gently taking the piss out of ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'' and other more SeriousBusiness war movies, or as a ShoutOut to a similar scene that opens Creator/MelBrooks' ''Film/ToBeOrNotToBe''. However, the decision also has plot significance: by switching to English he ensures that [[spoiler:the family hiding under the floorboards won't have any idea what he's saying]].
** {{Lampshaded}} with Von Hammersmark's line (spoken by the trilingual Kruger):
-->'''Von Hammersmark''': "I know this is a silly question before I ask it, but can you Americans speak ''any'' other language than English?"
** In the bar scene, Wilhelm's command of English also seemed forced, as the absence of common tongue between him and Raine will damage the dramatic tension. Again, {{lampshaded}} by the dialogue:
-->'''Raine''': "We're American. ''*cannot see Wilhelm*'' What are you?"
-->'''Wilhelm''': "I'm a German, you idiot!"
-->'''Raine''': "Speaks English pretty good for a German..."
-->'''Wilhelm''': "I agree."
** Used once on the sly with Shosanna's [[spoiler: [[DoNotAdjustYourSet coda to Pride of a Nation.]]]] Especially clear because it's already established [[FridgeBrilliance she can't speak English.]]
*** She couldn't speak English [[FridgeBrilliance four years ago]] and it got her family killed. It makes sense that she'd take the opportunity to learn. She didn't bother with German though, which is a bit odd.
** In the German release of the movie, the English dialogue was dubbed to German and ''everything else'' left unchanged. Feel free to scratch your head.



* TruthInTelevision: WinstonChurchill (who has a [[TheCameo cameo]]), actually commissioned a team of British soldiers for special assignments behind enemy lines. The official records remain sealed to this day. Among the members were cousins Creator/IanFleming and Creator/ChristopherLee. [[FridgeBrilliance Who else but someone who fought Nazis]] [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything are you going to have help]] [[StarWars kickstart the Empire?]]

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* TruthInTelevision: WinstonChurchill (who has a [[TheCameo cameo]]), actually commissioned a team of British soldiers for special assignments behind enemy lines. The official records remain sealed to this day. Among the members were cousins Creator/IanFleming and Creator/ChristopherLee. [[FridgeBrilliance Who else but someone who fought Nazis]] [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything are you going to have help]] [[StarWars kickstart the Empire?]]



* VorpalPillow: One of the kills in Stiglitz's SS-officer-murdering montage appears to be this at first, but it's subverted when he stabs the victim in the face through the pillow.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the middle of the bar meeting, as tension builds, Stiglitz suddenly has a FlashbackCut of him being flogged. [[NoodleIncident We don't know where, or why, or by whom, though we can assume it was the SS]]. The scene lasts less than a minute and is never referred to again.
** It was probably to show how he was barely keeping it under control. He was remembering his mistreatment at the hands of Nazi officers just like the one he was being forced to sit right next to and be nice to.
*** Perhaps, even simpler, this was to represent how sitting next to this Nazi officer (and not being able to kill him) was torture for Stiglitz.
*** Given Tarantino's theory about King-Kong being a metaphor for slavery, perhaps Stiglitz has the same interpretation and his treatment at the hands of the Nazis reminds him of this. Immediately after his flashback he writes King-Kong on the card that he gives to Hellstrom in the identity card game.
*** Or perhaps, the simplest explanation of all: the SS officer in question was the same man who'd had Stiglitz flogged. Note the parallels of this sequence to certain moments of ''Film/KillBill''.... Although if that's the case it's incredible the man didn't recognize him.
** Also, there are nine original Basterds total. [[spoiler: Wicki dies in the bar, Aldo and Utivich survive, a minor Basterd is seen in the background at the animal clinic and Donny and Omar die in the theater. This means there are four Basterds unaccounted for by the end of the film. The one in the background at the animal clinic, Kagan, also mysteriously vanishes between that scene and the final scene in the cinema]] According to WordOfGod, [[spoiler: any Basterds not seen in the bar or subsequent scenes were dead]].

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In the middle of the bar meeting, as tension builds, Stiglitz suddenly has a FlashbackCut of him being flogged. [[NoodleIncident We don't know where, or why, or by whom, though we can assume it was the SS]]. The scene lasts less than a minute and is never referred to again.
** It was probably to show how he was barely keeping it under control. He was remembering his mistreatment at the hands of Nazi officers just like the one he was being forced to sit right next to and be nice to.
*** Perhaps, even simpler, this was to represent how sitting next to this Nazi officer (and not being able to kill him) was torture for Stiglitz.
*** Given Tarantino's theory about King-Kong being a metaphor for slavery, perhaps Stiglitz has the same interpretation and his treatment at the hands of the Nazis reminds him of this. Immediately after his flashback he writes King-Kong on the card that he gives to Hellstrom in the identity card game.
*** Or perhaps, the simplest explanation of all: the SS officer in question was the same man who'd had Stiglitz flogged. Note the parallels of this sequence to certain moments of ''Film/KillBill''.... Although if that's the case it's incredible the man didn't recognize him.
** Also, there
There are nine original Basterds total. [[spoiler: Wicki dies in the bar, Aldo and Utivich survive, a minor Basterd is seen in the background at the animal clinic and Donny and Omar die in the theater. This means there are four Basterds unaccounted for by the end of the film. The one in the background at the animal clinic, Kagan, also mysteriously vanishes between that scene and the final scene in the cinema]] According to WordOfGod, [[spoiler: any Basterds not seen in the bar or subsequent scenes were dead]].
6th Jun '16 10:19:18 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** In Hans Landa's first scene, he makes accurate deductions while holding a large calabash pipe, made famous by the detective Sherlock Holmes. The screenplay makes this homage explicit.
18th May '16 11:17:23 PM IronicMouse
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* EstablihsingCharacterMusic: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grq0rhtbtAw Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz]] is introduced with an electric guitar riff to cement his badassery.

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* EstablihsingCharacterMusic: EstablishingCharacterMusic: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grq0rhtbtAw Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz]] is introduced with an electric guitar riff to cement his badassery.
18th May '16 11:16:57 PM IronicMouse
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* EstablihsingCharacterMusic: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grq0rhtbtAw Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz]] is introduced with an electric guitar riff to cement his badassery.
11th May '16 3:13:49 AM Ereiam
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* KarmaHoudini: Landa ''[[spoiler:almost]]'' gets this [[spoiler:until Aldo shoots his fellow defector and carves a swastika into his forehead]].

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* KarmaHoudini: Landa ''[[spoiler:almost]]'' gets this [[spoiler:until Aldo shoots his fellow defector and [[KarmaHoudiniWarranty carves a swastika into his forehead]].forehead]]]].
10th May '16 2:27:22 PM eroock
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* CacophonyCoverUp: Happens accidentally when Shosanna shoots Zoller in the projection booth. Her gun goes off at the same time a shoot-out occurs in the movie screened which avoids arousing suspicion in the audience.
9th May '16 7:47:24 PM eroock
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* PlayingPossum: [[spoiler:Fredrick Zoller]] gets shot InTheBack by [[spoiler:Shosanna]] and sinks to the floor but when she comes closer, he turns around and {{TakingYouWithMe shoots her as well before dying]].

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* PlayingPossum: [[spoiler:Fredrick Zoller]] gets shot InTheBack by [[spoiler:Shosanna]] and sinks to the floor lifelessly but when she comes closer, closer to check up on him, he turns around and {{TakingYouWithMe [[TakingYouWithMe shoots her as well before dying]].
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