The Inglorious Bastards and Tarantino’s youthful enthusiasm
One of the most striking things about the new DVD of the original 1977 version of The Inglorious Bastards is Tarantino’s interview with the director Enzo G. Castellari. Castellari looks thrilled to be there, but Tarantino does not interview so much as rave about how as a kid the obscurity of The Inglorious Bastards kept him from watching it except very occasionally on television. Now that Tarantino seems to have signed on Brad Pitt for his new version due to be released by 2009, it's fascinating to look at this action film as a classic case of the pulp roots of Tarantino’s genius.
After watching the DVD, I can only ask—this movie? During World War II, a band of thieves, deserters, murderers, and general scoundrels are in the midst of being shipped off by truck to military prison when a German air attack sets them free. Surrounded on all sides by the war, they try to get to
The film has lots of fun scenes, but it is not very plausible. Blending together spaghetti western machismo with a massive body count, the inglorious bastards mow down Germans, switch sides, and get out of German imprisonment with