In this video review & analysis, I’m going to deconstruct and analyze Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds released in 2009. From the cover, this film is incredibly entertaining and plot driven. But at the core, Tarantino is alluding to much more. I’ll break down many different parts of Inglourious Basterds from what certain scenes mean, to hidden easter eggs within the film, to what Tarantino may have wanted you to see.
Quentin Tarantino is one of the most thought-provoking filmmakers of our lifetime. I hope this analysis on Inglourious Basterds shows you how much meticulous detail Tarantino put into this film. And of course, this type of analysis can be applied to all of Tarantino’s films. It is full of hyperreality and intertextuality. Intertexuality is when a writer or director references his or her film via another media (film, tv, music, or the like). You can find plenty of this in his Kill Bill series, Django Unchained, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, well actually all of his films.
It’s funny, a lot of people say this film is a WWII film. But little do they know this isn’t about WWII, this is about cinematic history. Enjoy!
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Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino
Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger,
Films Referenced (in order of appearance):
Inglourious Basterds (2009) dir. Quentin Tarantino
8 1/2 (1963) dir. Federico Fellini
Pulp Fiction (1994) dir. Quentin Tarantino
Death Rides a Horse (1966) dir.
Kill Bill: Vol 1 (2003) dir. Quentin Tarantino
Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) dir. H.B. Halicki
The Searchers (1956) dir. John Ford
Metropolis (1927) dir. Fritz Lang
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (1966) dir. Sergio Leone
The Mercenary (1968) dir. Sergio Corbucci
Django Unchained (2012) dir. Quentin Tarantino
Django (1966) dir. Sergio Corbucci
Reservoir Dogs (1992) dir. Quentin Tarantino
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) dir. Sergio Leone
The Director’s Chair (2014) dir. Robert Rodriguez
Breaking Bad – “Fly” (2010) dir. Rian Johnson
The Dirty Dozen (1967) dir. Robert Aldrich
Fight Club (1999) dir. David Fincher
Keeping Up with the Kardashians (2012) E! Entertainment
The Matrix (1999) dir. Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski
Scarface (1983) dir. Brian De Palma
The Cannes Film Festival (1994) hosted by Jeanne Moreau
The 67th Academy Awards (1995) dir. Jeff Margolis
Music Tracks used (in order):
”You Never Can Tell” by Chuck Berry (from Pulp Fiction)
“The Surrender” by Ennio Morricone (from Inglourious Basterds)
“The Verdict” by Ennio Morricone (from Inglourious Basterds)
“One Silver Dollar” by Gianni Ferrio (from Inglourious Basterds)
“Cat People” by David Bowie (from Inglourious Basterds)
“White Lightning” by Charles Bernstein (from Inglourious Basterds)
“Rabbia E Tarantella” by Ennio Morricone (from Inglourious Basterds)