Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Bastards

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What if World War II didn’t end in the suicide of Adolf Hitler and the surrender of the Axis powers? What if instead there was a double conspiracy in the works against Hitler that was concentrated coincidentally on an extravagant movie premiere in honor of the efforts of Nazi German soldiers in France at the time? How different history would be. This very plot is depicted in Quentin Tarantino’s World War II movie staring Brad Pitt as Lieutenant Aldo Raine and Mélanie Laurent and Shosanna Dreyfus. Shosanna is a Jewish dairy farmer’s daughter in France at the time of the German take over and is forced into hiding with her family under the floorboards of a neighbor’s farmhouse to elude capture by the searching Gestapo officers. In an eventful…show more content…
As the Nazi soldier’s vehicles come into view the slowly swelling melody of “The Verdict” composed by Ennio Morricone adds anxiety to the scene with its long drawn out notes and its high pitched trills as the audience awaits the verdict of Hans Landa. This is seen again only moments later after Hans has been given the location of the hiding Dreyfus family and invites his men in causally to open fire on them. Morricone’s song, “L'incontro Con La Figlia” begins low and quietly as background music that grows in volume along with the apprehension radiating from LaPadite. There is sudden and exaggerated climax as the gun shots initiate causing Shosanna to begin to flee which leads to the meeting of the daughter which is the English translation to Morricone’s composition.
These along with more questionable selections like David Bowie’s adaption of “Cat People (Putting Out the Fire)” and “Slaughter” by Billy Preston were chosen to tell inner stories of characters while building strong dramatic tension. Lyrics that are heard most predominantly throughout the use of “Cat People” by David Bowie in “Chapter Five: Revenge of the Giant Face” seem to be “it’s been so long” and “putting out fires with gasoline”. These words ring true as Shosanna applies her makeup with such intent as though it were war paint because it truly has been so long since she has had to face such an imminent threat as she did the first time Hans Landa stood above her and she now

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