Tarantino’s brutal Nazi minimum

March 26, 2009

Here is the trailer to the new Quentin Tarantino movie, “Inglorious Basterds”.

It looks to be quite a hoot.

I have read the script, and I’d say apart from the surface humour and gratuitous violence and action sequences, this is Tarantino’s most political and serious movie to date.

From the script and the trailer Tarantino has created an ode to Nazi violence. As Aldo Ray says in the trailer, the Basterds are going to echo the brutality of the Nazi’s… to defeat them. They are going to make the Germans fear them through a mirror of terror. The Basterds are a group of Jewish soldiers (with echo’s of the coming Israeli’s, i.e. the leering Eli Roth) trained to commit violent atrocities against the Germans. So, the message is: the Jews only mistake in WW2 is not to have become radical and brutal like the Nazi’s in the lead up to or during ww2. Tarantino is siding, controversially, thereby with Nazi tactics and Nazism conceived in its essence.

The film has a strong Bush era message when its applied to today’s terrorism. Its implied the way to defeat Islamic Fundamentalist terror is through one’s own. And Tarantino suggests a violence far more terrifying than any Guantanamo Bay.

It’s safe to say Tarantino is some form of fascist. Regardless of his hip pop culture odes to Jewish and African American characters. His vision of these communities is always one of Sorelian Violence, and ‘kampf’ – struggle.

He is providing a historical revisionist theory of ww2, too, one that focuses on allied atrocities. This is a historical trend whose largest adherents are in contemporary Germany. This historical trend best explicated in books like “Other Losses” and “German’s as Victims” focuses on the forcing of Germans to reject the Treaty of Versailles, thus creating Hitler and pushing Germany toward another war, the allied bombing atrocities of  German cities like Dresden, and Hirsoshima, the forced murder of returned German soldiers in camps in the East and the post WW2 resettlement programs of Germans that followed the war. While taking his usual savy pop culture sensibility trip on WW2, Tarantino seems to be hiding a more serous movie underneath.

The script contains classic scenes about the Nazi’s themselves that will be rather controversial, and also has Tarantino’s usual discussions of cinema trivia. Only this time its Goebbels Nazi cinema, 1933 – 1945! Oh, Goebbels is in the script, by the way. So, too Hitler. Could this start a trend to see the re-release of hard to obtain Nazi cinema, Naziploitation, like Jackie Brown did for Blaxploitation? It all remains to be seen, Mein Gott…

The Hitler, “Nein, nein, nein” in the trailer is pretty funny, too. I’m looking forward to Tarantino’s brutal Nazi minimum.

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