Thursday, 2 July 2009


French trailer for Inglourious Basterds that's been doing the inter-rounds. This shiller's picking up a buzz for aspiring beyond simply jamming Brad Pitt down the audience's throat. Once again, the titular death squad are front and centre, with female lead Shossana just about creeping in. It'll be interesting to see how the final picture compares with the script I read many moons back. Kill Bill evolved significantly in transition from page to screen: dropping composed action, gaining on-fly expansion, and a completely reordered coup de grace. Can we expect the same for this? Tarantino drafts action as plot-point rather than gaudy movement unravel, so there's a history of inflation. Example: as written, the Crazy 88 army that assault The Bride at the top of Volume 1 chose their name on a cool rather than quantitative basis. If anything, that number now seems like a wild underestimation. Has Tarantino beefed up the Basterds? Can we expect more Dirty Dozening? Or does this all boil down to simplicity selling? Tease wise, wild-man action beats narrative any day. Regardless of how the Weinstein's are choosing to sell this tale, they're certainly keeping the delirium under wraps. Rescue the Summer Basterds!

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