Thursday, 14 May 2009

Inglorious Basterds

While in France earlier this week, we visited the war museum La Coupole, a former Nazi V2 rocket factory and launch site. An impressive, Bond-like structure with 5 metre-thick concrete walls, the place was not only a reminder of Hitler's determination to conquer Britain, but also of the particular brutality of his army.

Quentin Tarantino is bringing us Inglorious Basterds, a remake of an Italian Dirty Dozen rip off from the 70s. The trailers so far suggest Guns of Navarone meets Kill Bill, and if he can avoid the self-indulgence of Death Proof, he might have another hit on his hands. All will be revelaed in Cannes later this month, where the film will screen.

In the meantime, you can't go wrong with Sam Fuller's The Big Red One as one the best WW2 films ever made.


  1. I'm glad someone shares my enthusiasm for the BGO-count the ways in which Lee Marvin differs from Brad Pitt.Other 2nd World War films worth watching:Tarkovsky's Ivan's Childhood(pre his mystical phase) and Elem Klimov's Come and See;but be warned,neither is sparing in brutality

  2. Come and See in particular is a spectacular film, made to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis by the Red Army. Without knowing enough about the history of the German occupation of Belarus you'd think they are exaggerating...then you read Barbarossa, Alan Clarke's account of the invasion of the USSR, and you realise the film actually holds back. Not for the squeamish.