Quentin says that Hans Landa (Inglourious Basterds) is the best character he ever wrote. Can’t argue with that.
Christoph Waltz’s performance as Landa is also my favorite of any Tarantino film. His performance, I think, is what elevates the Landa character.
Great comment section over at i09 discussing the best villain introductions of all time. Hans Landa from Inglourious Basterds gets some love, as does a pair of Kill Bill characters.
Variety has a pretty long (for them) article about Quentin Tarantino’s directing style. Its an interesting inside look at his methods and how the actors involved perceive them.
“The first thing he does is clear the entire set of all crew, and you just run the scene until you’ve got it down, and everyone feels their movement and behavior are natural in the space,” Roth says. “His movies are so detailed and beautifully composed, you feel like he has a graphic novel in his head. But it’s the opposite. All the camerawork is determined by the actors.”
Coming in 2012, a new book called Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds: A Manipulation of Metacinema. Here’s the description:
This provocative and unique anthology analyzes Quentin Tarantino’s controversial Inglourious Basterds in the contexts of cinema, cultural, gender, and historical studies. The film and its ideology is dissected by a range of scholars and writers who take on the director’s manipulation of metacinema, Nazisploitation, ethnic stereotyping, gender roles, allohistoricism, geopolitics, philosophy, language, and memory.
In this collection, the eroticism of the club-swinging and avenging “Bear Jew,” the dashed heroism of the “role-playing” French and German females, the patriotic fools and pawns, the amoral yokel, Lieutenant Aldo Raine, and the cosmopolitan, but psychopathic Colonel Landa, are understood for their true functions in what has become an iconoclastic pop-culture phenomenon and one of the classics of early twenty-first century American cinema. Additionally, the book examines the use of “foreign” languages (subverting English and image), the allegory of Austria’s identity in the war, and the particularly French and German cinematic influences, such as R. W. Fassbinder’s realignment of the German woman’s film and the iconic image of the German film star in Inglourious Basterds.
Sometimes I wonder whether the analysis of films and books like this is way more detailed than anything the author/writer ever contemplated when they created the book or film.
ZazenLife has a nice list of how the movie universes of Tarantino’s films are connected.
One of his newest movies called Inglorious Bastards has completed another connection. Tarantino made it clear that The “Bear Jew” Donny Donowitz was the father of Lee Donowitz from his earlier movie True Romance.
Christoph Waltz talks about trusting Tarantino and finding fame later in life.
“I don’t know if Quentin wrote the part for me,” he says, “but I trust blindly that, if Quentin asks me to do something, he has a very specific reason.”
Waltz, of course, is playing the role of a bounty hunter named Dr. King Shultz in the upcoming Django Unchained alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Jamie Foxx. He came to fame with American audiences thru his role as Col. Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds – for which he earned an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
“If I’d become famous at 19, I wouldn’t have known what it meant,” Waltz says. “At 21 I would have taken it for granted, and at 22 it would have been over.”
Most of the linked article talks about his upcoming role in Carnage, directed by Roman Polanski. Lots more info about Waltz can be found at ChristophWaltzFans.com.
Its looking more and more likely that Tarantino’s next film will be the “spaghetti western” though not alot about it is nailed down. Hopefully we don’t have a long wait for this film to hit the screen – I just re-watched Inglorious Basterds this weekend and it was better than the first time I saw it. The dialogue in Basterds was just Tarantino at his best – and it makes me want more from him.
The Arthouse blog has 5 unreleased Inglourious Basterds artwork up. This is an art blog, so I think these are unofficial custom work, rather than something developed for the film but never used.