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Saw Inglorious Bastards with G. yesterday, which left me extremely impressed, but also a bit at a loss to say something appropriately intelligent about it. I'm going to completely embarrass myself now and admit that this was actually the first Tarantino film I've seen, so I have no comparison or frame of reference whatsoever, and am probably completely on the wrong track with this, but even—or especially—with all the ahistoric, borderline satiric and alienating (in the Brechtian sense) elements, even without showing so much as the bodies of Shosanna's murdered family, with its premise and the way it completely fucks with a lot of movie clichés it struck me as an incredible effective movie about the holocaust. Because every time the film vaguely moves into the direction of one of those 'maybe he's not so bad, oh look, he's a human being, too' moments, like with the soldier celebrating the birth of his son, or even the one who refused to give away the position of his unit, and that person still ends up violently killed, there's always the unspoken reminder that these people are still part of a system that murdered millions and didn't give a shit about their new born babies or Iron Crosses, lives or humanity, and you're left wondering if even your brief impulse of pity was inappropriate. It's because it doesn't try to be realistic that the movie never for a moment let's you forget the horror of reality and IMO manages to say a lot more profoundly true things about war than plenty of more 'realistic' movies.

The end was brilliant. Shosanna and Bowie's Cat People (Putting Out Fire) was incredible. And casting Christoph Walz was a stroke of genius; how have I managed to completely miss him so far?


Then definitely had a Spritzer too many, which I regretted at work today, but it was a nice evening. It's a pity I really don't find him the least bit attractive.

Being asleep tonight before 3 am would be good.

Date: 2009-10-22 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Das gibt mir den Kick, dass ich den Film auch anschaue. Danke sehr, und gute Nacht!

Date: 2009-10-22 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Ich kann den Film wirklich nur weiterempfehlen, wobei ich im Internet inzwischen natürlich auch ganz andere Interpretationen gelesen habe...

Gleichfalls Gute Nacht! :)

Date: 2009-10-25 08:47 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
I've never watched any Tarantino movies either. ;) But I think I'm going to break that starting with IB, all my friends are pretty rave-y about it.

Date: 2009-10-26 01:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
And I thought I was the only one... :)

G. didn't like it much, but another friend of mine who also watched liked it a lot...


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