Watching Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill, and Inglorious Basterds was a downright bloody scene. Reservoir Dogs had some absurd bloody scenes including a scene with Mr. Orange laying in his blood for about an hour. Then there was Kill Bill with the crazy action acting Uma Thurman. Last but not least was Inglorious Basterds that in my eyes was the best out of all three.
For this blog I want to focus on certain facts of the making of Inglorious Basterds. To start it off, this film was a curve to the movie Inglorious Bastards that was based on the 1978 Italian War. Tarantino obviously switched the plot around, but it’s interesting that he would practically steal the same name as a different movie.
Another thing as we began to watch the movie was that the first “chapter” of his movie is called “Once upon a time in occupied France”. This was originally what Tarantino had in mind for his movie title.
This not only gave us a setting at where this movie was going to start, but it was also what Tarantino had plans to have as his title. His crew and himself both agreed on the title Inglorious Basterds, and decided to put his original plan as the title of his first chapter.
As good as Inglorious Basterds is, Tarantino truly spent years putting this movie together. Tarantino originally started writing the script for this movie in 1998. It took him 11 years to finally write the script and produce this movie. In the meantime, Tarantino put down the script of Inglorious Basterds and put his main focus to both Kill Bill’s and Death Proof. I would also like to point out that when we first met Hans Landa, he was talking in French. With Tarantino’s crazy script that he had been holding off for years, it turns out that Landa spoke three other languages in the movie. Other including, English, German, and Italian.
Tarantino’s late nights writing the script were probably stressful, hateful and maybe sometimes fun. It seems to me that Tarantino knew how to control his stress. Tarantino would listen to Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” to help calm the nerves. Now I am not sure if he put this on repeat loudly, or if it was a once a time quiet background play. For those of you that haven’t heard it, take a peak and let me know what you think. Could you see Tarantino listening to the slow-paced song?
In an article I found, Tarantino had different plans for Hans Landa whom was played by Christoph Waltz. Originally Tarantino’s idea was to hire Leonardo DiCaprio for the main role. Tarantino soon found out that DiCaprio doesn’t speak German on a regular basis. Instead, fluent German speaking Christoph Waltz came into play, and actually earned himself quite the honor, best-actor award for this movie. Some would say that DiCaprio would have played a better role, but it seems to me that Waltz did just fine playing his leadership role.
Another Hollywood star was going to make the movie as well. Originally Sgt. Donny Donowitz was going to be played by the comedic actor Adam Sandler. Tarantino and many others weren’t sure how he would act in such a serious role. There was plenty of time to think, but I think Tarantino took too much time as Sandler moved on to play in Funny People instead of Inglorious Basterds. Instead co-director Eli Roth took control of this role just like Tarantino does in most of his movies.
Overall, I would recommend this movie to others.