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TitleInglorious Basterds
GenreDude with a Problem - Spy Problem
Runtime153 mins
Movie Databasehttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0361748/
Log LineTBD
Moral Premise{{{MoralPremise}}}
Opening ImageTBDA title card, Once upon a time in Nazi-occupied France,

announces we are stepping into a fiction as an idyllic farmhouse in the French countryside is suddenly disturbed by a carload of Nazis coming up the road, a

symbol of invasion.
Theme StatedTBDTBD

Col. Hans Landa, an SS officer charged with routing out Jewish families in hiding, says, Facts can be so mv5bmtc0mzk5odkwm15bml5banbnxkftztcwmdgzoty3mg_v1_cr1160467467_ss100_misleading, where rumors "true or false" are often revealing. We don't quite know it yet, but this is going to be a film about storytelling as subversion: cinema is war

and film is a weapon.
SetupTBDLanda is revealed to be a cunning, logical, and even charming adversary

as he interrogates M. LaPadite, a dairy farmer, about a missing Jewish family,

the Dreyfuses.
CatalystTBDLanda asks LaPadite if he's harboring the Dreyfuses under his

floorboards. As the camera pans down, we see the family hiding exactly where

Landa believes them to be.
DebateTBDLaPadite hesitates, and through a long, breathtaking exchange of dialog,

Landa assures him that LaPadite's family will be spared “ if he cooperates.

LaPadite points to where the Dreyfus family is hidden.
Break Into TwoTBDAs Landa's men open fire upon her family, Shoshanna Dreyfus, a

teenaged girl, escapes. Landa aims to shoot her down, but she is out of range. Landa grins and cries out Au revoir, Shoshanna! We know that this dance is not

yet over.
B StoryTBDUS Army Lt. Aldo Raine assembles a crack-team of Jewish-American

soldiers, known as the Basterds, to hunt Nazis and spread fear among the

German ranks.
Fun and GamesTBDFour years after her family's massacre, Shoshanna lives under an

alias in Paris and operates a small cinema she inherited from an aunt; she has a lover, Marcel, who works with her as her projectionist. The Basterds kill and scalp numerous Nazi soldiers but always leave one alive " with a swastika carved on on the survivor's forehead - to spread the legends of the Basterds. Hitler erupts into a furious rage with each and every carving. Shoshanna meets Friedrich Zoller, an ingratiatingly boyish Nazi soldier, who shares her love for the cinema. Zoller is obviously smitten with Shoshanna. She, however, is indifferent to his charms. She learns that Zoller is a famous war hero, and that a film, Nation's Pride, about his adventures, has been made " with Zoller himself playing the lead. Meanwhile, in London, British Army Lt. Archie Hicox is appointed to spearhead a special undercover assignment with the help of a German spy " actress Bridget von Hammersmark " and the Basterds. Hicox, impersonating a German officer along with two of the Basterds similarly disguised, meets Bridget in a cellar bar to discuss their assignment. After being badgered by a young, drunk, Nazi soldier, the group becomes unwilling

participants in a Guess Who? game with Gestapo officer Dieter Hellstrom.
MidpointTBDZoller has Shoshanna brought to lunch with him, and the Nazi

propaganda minister/filmmaker Joseph Goebbels. Zoller pitches Goebbels on the idea of moving the premiere of Nation's Pride to Shoshanna's theater. Goebbels agrees " if Shosanna will run the reels herself instead of Marcel, who is

distasteful to the Third Reich, for he is, in Goebbels' words, a negro.
Bad Guys Close InTBDIn a tension-ridden sequence, Landa, assigned to provide

security for the Nation's Pride premiere, grills Shoshanna on the details of her theater " and her background. Back in the cellar bar, Hicox inadvertently blows their cover. A Mexican standoff between the Basterds and the Germans ends in a bloodbath. Bridget is wounded in the leg and rescued by Raine and his men. Bridget tells Raine that the premiere's venue has changed, and that Hitler himself will be attending, along with the other leaders of the Reich. Raine and the Basterds cannot let this opportunity pass. They will attend the premiere, undercover, as Bridget's Italian escorts.

Landa arrives in the cellar bar and discovers a memento left by Bridget.
All Is LostTBDDuring a highly comic exchange, at the premiere, Landa questions

the Basterds " in Italian. Aldo's inability to speak without a thick Southern drawl raises Landa's suspicions. He ushers Bridget into a room and confirms that she is a spy. Landa strangles Bridget. Afterwards, he orders his men to kidnap Aldo from the premiere and discovers a dynamite bomb attached to Aldo's leg. The device is removed.

Two other Basterds remain in the theater. They, too, are wired with bombs.
Dark Night of the SoulTBDTBD

In the projection booth, Shoshanna prepares for the final act by donning her war paint. Aldo and Pvt. Utivich are mv5bmti4nda5nze3nl5bml5banbnxkftztcwodi0oty3mg_v1_cr1160467467_ss100_hooded and

transported to a remote location.
Break into ThreeTBDShoshanna and Marcel set into motion their plan to lock the

Nazis in during the premiere, and burn the theater down using Shoshanna's collection of combustible nitrate film reels. Donnie The Bear Jew Donowitz,

the most feared Basterd of all, observes Hitler in the opera box at the theater.
FinaleTBDTold in flashback and present time, Shoshanna and Marcel shoot a short

film to be spliced into the climax of Nation's Pride as part of the grand plan and blackmail a collaborator into processing the 35mm with sound. The Nazis take their seats and Marcel barricades the doors of the theater. It's a full house. Zoller forces himself into the projection booth to rendezvous with Shoshanna. When he turns to lock the door, Shoshanna shoots him in the back. Shoshanna takes pity upon Zoller as he lies wounded, reaching out to him" but ever the Nazi, he shoots her, and together, they die. Landa brokers a deal with the US Army to create a new fiction" that he was working with the Allies against the Nazis and helped to plant the bombs in the theater " in order to secure his safety and the release of Raine and Utivich. Shoshanna's film interrupts the premier. Her face appears on screen; she taunts the Nazis with the news that they will die. Marcel lights the nitrate film and the theater erupts in flames. The Basterds open fire on Hitler and the audience; the timers go off on the dynamite bombs and the theater explodes, leaving only

flames and rubble behind.
Final ImageTBDHaving reached the American lines in an idyllic, wooded forest,

Landa officially surrenders, only to have Raine carve a swastika into his forehead (a symbol of invasion turned against the invader). Landa will now carry the legend of the Basterds with him for the rest of his life. Raine declares

that this particular carving is his masterpiece.
NotesInglourious Basterds, writer/director Quentin Tarantino's pulp fantasy, works as

both entertainment and damned smart moviemaking. What might seem a sprawling epic at first blush, told in novelistic chapters that veer from extended dialogue scenes to sharp bursts of violent action and back, turns out to follow the 15 Beat template perfectly from Opening Image to Final Image" once the

disparate story threads are unraveled and laid side by side.
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