By Francine Schwartz
From the moment the film begins, with the thumping soundtrack of a spaghetti Western going full blast and the words “Once upon a time in Nazi-occupied France …” superimposed on the screen, we know we’re in Tarantino country.
Film noir, Western, epic Hollywood, black comedy, you name it– Inglourious Basterds is Tarentino’s lovesong to the cinema.
An intricate fantasy of Jewish revenge against the Nazis, the story demonstrates the essence of what makes a movie a movie—situations and people looming larger than life on the screen. With Tarentino, everything is exaggerated—sometimes to the point…
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