Thursday, July 29, 2010

Once upon a time in Nazi-occupied France...

Of course France was never occupied by the Nazis; it was occupied by the German army, aka the Heer. That's one of the absurdities of Inglourious Basterds--it uses "Nazi" as a euphemism for "German." Most German soldiers weren't Nazis, though the officers all had sworn allegiance to Hitler personally, beyond their military oath.

With that off my chest, I'm embarrassed to admit how much I enjoyed this movie, especially Brad Pitt as the hillbilly in command of a band of homicidal Jewish commandos, and Christoph Waltz as the SS colonel-detective on the other side. Each deserves a best-actor Oscar, though both can't get it, and neither will. The movie is just too politically incorrect. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford

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