“Inglourious Basterds” lands in Cannes

Quentin Tarantino presents "Inglourious Basterds" in Competition today

Quentin Tarantino, President of the Jury in 2004 and Palme d’Or winner in 1994 with Pulp Fiction, has returned to the Croisette to show his latest work in Competition: Inglourious Basterds. Tarantino worked feverishly to finish the film in time for this 62nd Cannes Film Festival. Known for his tributes to film noir (Reservoir Dogs), Blaxploitation (Jackie Brown), Shaw Brothers kung-fu movies (Kill Bill), and slasher movies (Death Proof), he has now made his own version of the war movie, with Inglourious Basterds.

1940: France is occupied, and Shosanna Dreyfus’ family is executed by the the Nazi Colonel Hans Landa, but she manages to escape and flees to Paris, where she forges a new identity for herself as a movie-theater operator. Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine organizes a group of Jewish American soldiers to perform swift, shocking acts of retribution. Later known to their enemy as “the basterds,” Raine’s squad joins German actress and undercover agent Bridget von Hammersmark on a mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich…

"Each chapter in the movie has a vaguely different look, and a different feel, and the tone is different in all of them," explains Tarantino. "The opening feels like a spaghetti western, but with World War II iconography.”


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