Back Seat Producers Season 08 Shows

BSP Episode 260: Inglorious Basterds

More Tarantino Love!

Release date:  8/21/2009

Universal Pictures

Directed and Written by

  • Quentin Tarantino

Produced by

  • Lawrence Bender


Brad Pitt

  • Lt. Aldo Raine

Christoph Waltz

  • Col. Hans Landa

Melaine Laurent

  • Shosanna

Eli Roth

  • Sgt. Donny Donowitz

Samuel L. Jackson

  • Narrator

The hosts review:

  • Beer!
  • Batman!
  • No mistaking that this is a Tarantino movie.
  • Each of the main characters (Aldo, Hans, Shosanna) has their own kind of morality that pushes them to do what they do.
  • Or, is Hans Landa a bored, yet brilliant, sociopath?
  • Is Aldo really just the same as Hans?
  • Brad Pitt is great at playing these off-the-wall characters.
  • Aldo Raine = homage to and poking fun at John Wayne
  • The film within a film within a film!
  • The basement bar scene… a whole bunch of busy dialogue, and then BOOM!
  • The cameos were very good; Mike Myers, Rod Taylor and Harvey Keitel (voice).
  • Changing lanes and discussing Clerks and Clerks 3, and Kevin Smith’s career.
  • The music was all over the place, the soundtrack is fantastic.
  • “Being in wool underwear will make you want to kill anything”
  • “… and Hannah Montana.”

Trivial bits ‘n pieces:

  • Tarantino intended for this to be as much a war film as a spaghetti western, and considered titling the movie “Once Upon a Time in Nazi-Occupied France”.  Instead, that ended up being the title of the first chapter of the film.
  • Cloris Leachman originally appeared in the film as Mrs. Himmelstein, an elderly Jewish woman living in Boston, drinking tea with Donny Donowitz (and signing his trademark baseball bat afterward).  This was cut from the final film, but Tarantino has said that he might use the footage in the prequel.
  • Roughly only 30% of the film is in spoken English, the language which dominates the film is either French or German, with a little Italian.
  • At the end of each take, actors would face the camera and say “Hello Sally”, referring to Sally Menke, the film’s editor.  This has been done with Tarantino’s previous movies (such as Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol 2 and Deathproof).  Inglourious Basterds was the last film by Tarantino to be edited by Menke, whose work was honored in 2010 with her final Academy Award nomination for Best Editing, prior to her death later that year.

Your Producers for this episode were:

  • Tony
  • Darrell
  • Tony/Deuce

This episode was recorded: 2/16/2013



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