Sunday, August 30, 2009

Inglourious Basterds: Dear Quentin

So, contrary to what the timestamp says on this post (it's a little messed up) it is actually 1:30 A.M. Saturday night/Sunday morning and Rambo and I just got back from seeing the Quentin Tarantino film, Inglourious Basterds.

And I am absolutely wired, because I absolutely LOVED it. Now I don't know if every person has a slightly sick and twisted side, where they enjoy films like those by Tarantino, or books by those like Chuck Palahniuk, but I am one of those people who absolutely love that kind of stuff. So because based on this movie I have decided that I think Tarantino is a genius, I decided to write an open letter to him. You know, in case he is the kind of genius who googles (yep, I used it as a verb) himself and reads everything that includes his name. Hey- it could happen people.

(Also note: Spoiler alert. I know it's hard to look away. But, if you plan on reading the screenplay and/or seeing the movie, skip this post until you do.)

Dear Quentin,

Can I call you Quentin? You seem like a first name kind of person. Okay, so hi. I'm Lauren and I honestly wasn't a big fan of yours until I read the screenplay Inglourious Basterds (see previous post here. Sure Quentin, I'll wait will you read that one-- but only because it is you.) Now, don't get me wrong, I liked all your movies, but they were just entertainment-ishy (hope you aren't big on grammer. And I hope you like parentheses) to me. And then I saw the film for Inglourious Basterds. And well now, you've gone to genius on my people-meter.

But I have a few questions.
1. How on earth did you think of this movie/plot/idea? Did someone just mention Hitler or the Nazi's around you and you thought in your head "I wonder what it would have been like, if Hitler had been murdered much earlier?" And then you just work backward from there?

2. In the screenplay, you go into a little more detail on the Bear Jew's bat, and what all the scribbling on it is about-- but that part was cut from the movie. WHY!? That was one of my favorite parts! It was like a little old lady was getting her hands on the Nazi's.

3. In the scene where Shoshanna meets Col. Hans Landa in the restaurant, why did you change her reaction? In the screenplay, she wets herself... and in the film she just gets really upset. Obviously the former is a little more shocking, but that's what I've come to count on you for-- so why'd you change it?

4. What's your favorite book, who's your favorite author, and what's your favorite movie/film? You can only pick on in each category, and it can't be yourself. Sorry if you think it's unfair because that is three questions in one.

5. How long did the idea for Inglourious Basterds brew in your head before you attempted to commit it to paper?

6. Why is Inglourious Basterds misspelled?

Okay that's enough on the questions (though if you want more I got 'em.) On to comments.

1. I am so torn between the screenplay and the film. Usually I can say I definitely like one more that the other (and it's usually the screenplay/book) but in this case, I truly can't decide.

2. Brad Pitt is freaking brilliant in this film. He does hilariously stupid but serious so well.

3. In my gruesome opinion, Shoshanna is most beautiful as she dies.

4. Thanks for rewriting history.

5. I would never have been able to identify the man on the piano bench as Winston Churchill, unless I read the screenplay. But clearly I'm not up on my historical figures, because I checked out a picture and now I see what you mean by being able to clearly identify him as Winston Churchill.

6. Invite me to the opening of your next film. Or send me a copy of a screenplay. I will give you open and honest feedback. I pinky promise.

And that's all I've got on the comments. And I'm sure you have a lot of other important things to do and google results to read, so I'll let you go. If you want to do lunch sometime, I'd love to pick your brain. I know a place that has great struedel. Again, thanks for the entertainment and giving us all something to think about. I think this might just be your masterpiece.

For my other readers who have seen the movie or read the screenplay, please feel free to give me your thoughts, or pretend to be Quentin and answer the questions!

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