Wednesday, 5 August 2009
Eli Roth directed ad for Inglourious Basterds' in-universe propaganda piece Nation's Pride - presented like a modern Weinstein roll-out for a forgotten foreign language gem. Easy to imagine this pre-menu, burning up precious disc room on a Dragon Dynasty kung-fu flick. Nation's Pride spins the fictional tale of Fredrick Zoller, a Nazi sniper who, holed up in a resplendent bell tower, manages to off several hundred enemy troops over the course of a few days. Script placed the unfortunates as Soviet, while the film apparently skews American. Zoller plays himself in propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels' Fuhrer affirmed masterwork. Another layer to a work suffused with the love of the mechanics of cinema.