Thursday, August 20, 2009

Book Love: Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds (yes this is how it is spelled) hits theaters Friday. I am excited for a few reasons:
  1. Quentin Tarantino movies are phenomenal in my opinion.
  2. I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy of the screenplay.
  3. Tarantinio rewrites history, with a much better ending.
If you can get your hands on the screenplay before you go and see the actual film, I think you should. It is a super quick read, because basically it should take you about the same amount of time to read as to watch the movie. On to book love:

(If you aren't familiar with what Book Love is all about, check out this post.)

Book Name: Inglourious Basterds
Author: Quentin Tarantino
Category: Film, Screenplay
Pages: 176

Brief Description:
According to Borders: "With such iconic films as the Oscar-winning Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill: Volumes 1 & 2, and Reservoir Dogs, Quentin Tarantino has become the most famous and revered writer/director of his generation. Now he's back with his most ambitious movie yet: the World War II epic Inglourious Basterds. Starring Brad Pitt and filmed on location in Germany and France, it has the largest cast of characters of any Tarantino film to date. The movie premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2009. The action tale follows the parallel story of a guerilla-like squad of American soldiers called "The Basterds" and the French Jewish teenage girl Shosanna who find themselves behind enemy Nazi lines during the German occupation. When the Inglourious Basterds encounter Shosanna at a propaganda screening at the movie house she runs, they conspire to launch an unexpected plot to end the war.

Why I bought it: I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book thanks to @LittleBrown. But the reason I picked this particular screenplay is because I am a huge Quentin Tarantino fan, and I thought it would be interesting to see how he puts a movie down on paper before I actually see the film. I'm curious to see how spot-on the book is compared to the film.

Book Love: AMAZING. Tarantino rewrites history in a way we all wish we could. I read the book straight through and loved every second. And now I can't wait to see the movie. Sure the film will certainly be a bit gory, but its WWII and Quentin Tarantino, what else would you expect? Tarantino even makes little jokes in the screenplay and it's awesome to see his genius on paper-- exactly how he himself pictures the film.

David Robbins, who wrote the introduction to the book puts it this way, "While the film itself brings Inglourious Basterds alive in all its color, movement, and dimension, the manuscript provides a separate joy the movie cannot. The raw script provides and unmatched intimacy with the interplay of Tarantino's dialouge, action and locale when it is your inner voice delivering the lines, your own mind's eye shooting the scenes."

Book Quotes:

"They BOTH TAKE and GIVE each other so many BULLETS it's almost romantic when they collapse DEAD on the floor."

And again from David Robbins (he just puts it so much better than I ever could.) "To quote the last line of dialogue, delivered by Lt. Aldo Raine the somewhat warped hero-- and it's not a stretch to believe this is the writer/director himself talking to us off the page-- 'I think this just might be my masterpiece.' The script concludes with a piece of stage direction for all of us: They ghoulishly giggle."

Bottom Line: If you like Quentin Tarantion, naturally you'll love this. I'll also compare him to Chuck Palahniuk... kind of sick and twisted, but still so good.

Availability: Now available! And the movie hits theaters tomorrow, August 20.

Also: Check out Roger Ebert's interview with Tarantino to hear what what he thinks about rewriting history.

Read Away!

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