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Inglourious Basterds - Movie
Story of the Movie
It is during Second World War, Germans have occupied France. Jews are being systematically murdered and eliminated. This Jewish girl miraculously escapes while the rest of her family is killed. She runs away, goes to Paris and somehow becomes the owner of a Cinema hall. Of course, no one there knows that she is a Jew. This young German soldier, quite ordinary fellow, happens to do a heroic act in a battle. The Generals, politicians and Hitler want to make a big movie out of his heroic act so that the German population gets a morale boost (Germans have started losing the battle by then). It so happens that the soldier himself is made to act as the hero of that film. And the movie premiere would be in Paris, the HQ of world art, with Hitler coming for that inaugural show (Tarantino tells stories like that only, what to do!)
This German boy meets that French Jewish girl owning the Cinema Theater. He tries to be nice with her, like the way young innocent boys try to be with young girls. Of course, she does not respond. Because she HATES GERMANS. She has only vengeance in her heart.
In a big attempt to be nice with her, the German boy somehow manages to convince his bosses to have the movie premiere at the girl's theater. Hitler, the Great, himself coming to attend the premiere. The girl sees it as a golden opportunity to eliminate all those Germans, including Hitler, by burning down the Theater during the movie show.
Highlights of the Movie
The movie starts, a horrible one, but all German Generals, politicians, and their wives are clapping for each and every scene, hoping that Hitler feels pleased with them . Such was their political compulsions or taste or morality or values, whatever you call it. A bunch of old scheming bastards.
The boy is also there for that show but he just can't tolerate that stupid movie. So he excuses himself (it is a parade dammit….sit in attention!) and goes up to spend some time with the girl who is operating the reels.
Girl is shocked to see him in her cabin as she is in the midst of the grand plan of burning down all those Germans. She asks him to go away, but he refuses in his own boyish way and the girl, survivor to the core, manages to shoot him down.
The boy is on the floor, immobile and apparently dead, blood all over him. She was very busy with the grand plan, then distracted by the arrival of this boy and she got busy with getting rid of him and now with him dead on the floor, she gets A
MOMENT'S BREAK. In that MOMENT'S BREAK, HUMANITY ENTERS HER HEART AND A HINT OF SYMPATHY COMES IN HER EYE FOR THAT DEAD BOY. THAT BREAK ALSO DISTRACTS US FROM THE MAIN NARRATIVE OF HOW TO ELIMINATE THOSE NAZI GERMANS.
In that moment's break, also probably because she is feminine, she goes and touches and turns him around and unfortunately, the boy is not fully dead and being a soldier he pulls out his weapon and shoots her down.
With them dead, my mind was about to turn away from that idiotic feelings of teenage infatuation/love/curiosity and start worrying about how Brad Pitt and Co are going to accomplish their mission of killing Hitler and Co.
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You probably heard we ain't in the prisoner-takin' business; we in the killin' Nazi business. And cousin, business is a-boomin'.
My Opinion about the Movie
In that transit away from humanity towards the issue at hand, TARANTINO WEAVES MAGIC. TWO YOUNG PEOPLE, BOY AND GIRL, DEAD ON THE FLOOR. THOSE OLD SONS-OF-BITCHES CLAPPING AND APPRECIATING THAT HORRIBLE FIRING AND KILLING GOING ON IN THE SCREEN.
In that shot, I felt bad for watching that violence (Tarantino is famous in Hollywood for making violent movies and I feel he is brilliant because of the manner in which he made me feel repulsed by the violence in HIS OWN MOVIE - repulsed not by the gore and blood but by the CONCEPT of violence). I was like those old bastards clapping at that violence. Old bastard with no feeling for the dead youth but busy only with his own scheme. I felt bad for ignoring that tiny tiny glimpse of humanity. I witnessed during that moment's break and getting busy with the killing mission.
I felt bad that had that girl and boy not been burdened with their ancestral baggage, loaded on them by Hitler and company, of being Jew and Nazi respectively, they would have lived. Don't the young have a greater right to live than the old?
By the by, Inglorious Basterds is the name of the group headed by Brad Pitt, a group of American Jews, on a mission to kill as many Nazi Germans as possible. The first Chapter of this movie is too good. The ability to make a grown up man shiver, his blood freeze, without raising a hand, without a single weapon, maintaining absolute civility, shot in one single room, just conversing.