Jul 19, 2008

Inglorious Bastards

This title might sound familiar due to the recently announced Quentin Tarantino remake under the watchful eyes of the Weinstein's. How appropriate for them to produce a film about killing as many Nazi's as you can in the allotted time -a German Whack-a-Mole, if you will. The original (Which was based off of The Dirty Dozen) was just recently given the DVD release it has always deserved from Severin Films.

A group of criminals are being escorted from an Allied prison camp when they wind up being replacements for a team hired to blend in and sabotage a train deep inside Nazi controlled France. Inglorious Bastards is one of those films that are amazingly shot. Enzo G. Castellari formed a busy picture. Instead of the action or focus sticking on one central character, you can trail off and appreciate a full-motion scenery or read someones personality while the camera is on a character you don't entirely favor.

Inglorious Bastards is a spaghetti war film, but don't let the title fool you. These guys may be inglorious, but they get the job done, although things get done rather messy with a smoldering horizon behind their turned backs. This group of anti-heroes is one you can love. Robert Yeagar (Bo Svenson) is the leader of the roughnecks who bares any uncanny resemblance to Daniel Craig of Bond fame.

Fred Canfield (Fred Williamson; A personal favorite) is the cigar-swindling black hammerhead shark who steals the show and warrants a re-edit for the blaxploitation loving crowd. Due to the insane success of Williamson's other blaxploitation pictures, the original film was chopped & screwed to make a film called G.I. Bro. The footage was edited to make it appear as if Williamson was the main character.

If there was ever a film that was "most American" that came from another country, Inglorious Bastards would take the cake. Fred's sly grin cracked open with a cigar, calling the German language "Mumbo jumbo" and the tag line "If you're a Kraut, He'll take you out!" this film makes sure no essence of German pride is retained after this. With the news of Tarantino turning the characters into Jewish Americans, I find myself doubting this film even more than before. The only way I'll appreciate it is with a cameo or role going to Fred Williamson.

Inglorious Bastards is a film that ironically captures all the glory of classic action films. There's no rules on their playground of destruction. It's kill or be killed and that's the way they like it. This film has it all - nude Fräulein's, a ridiculous body count, black humor, and great all-around chemistry from the characters. This is a violent EuroCult period piece not to be missed.



JD said...

I can't wait to watch this one.
Excellent review!!

Soiled Sinema said...


I'm completely curious to see how Quentin's vision will turn out though.


Anonymous said...

I'm putting this at the top of my rental queue. I can't wait to do a comparison.

In the meantime, I'm still trying to get my hands on the leaked script!

jervaise brooke hamster said...

quentin tarantino must be destroyed and so must all of his films, the only good thing about him is that he isn`t british, thats at least one small mercy for which we must be thankful.