The Opening Scene Of Inglorious Basterds

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Quentin Tarantino’s use of postmodern aesthetics in the opening scene of Inglorious Basterds establishes a film that fully exists in cinema rather than serving as a representation of natural reality. His use of intertextuality creates a film and characters, such as the main character of the opening scene, Colonel Hans Landa, that reflect film in general. Every feature is marked by a belonging to a specific genre or several different genres. Almost everything seems to be a quotation from a prior film. Every character seems to be acting, with every line marked as being part of a role rather than the expression of a realistic identity. The opening scene, which serves as twenty-minute long suspense beat leading up to impending violence, possesses many of the postmodern qualities that define the film in general. Postmodern elements, such as intertextual music, self-reflexive characters, ironic dialogue and actions, and much more, are used to elevate the suspense towards violence while at the same time establishing the film as self-reflexive and separate from reality. The film is set in 1942 and is about World War II, but Tarantino often adds additional, somewhat conflicting, features to the war genre through the use of these postmodern mise-en-scène elements. With Inglorious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino creates a work of art that is a form of bricolage molded together from previous work done in the film industry. The movie pays homage to that which came before it, while at the…
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