INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS Director: QUENTIN TARANTINO U.S.A.-GERMANY 2009 COLOUR ANAMORPHIC DOLBY DIGITAL STEREO 35MM 152 MIN. Book cinema tickets QUENTIN TARANTINO SPENT TEN YEARS TALKING ABOUT THIS FILM AND JUST 16 MONTHS TO WRITE, SHOOT AND EDIT IT NOT BAD, CONSIDERING THIS WORLD WAR TWO MEN-ON-A-MISSION MOVIE ONCE THREATENED TO BALLOON INTO AN EPIC, 12-HOUR BAND OF BROTHERS-STYLE TV MINI-SERIES. At roughly 150 minutes, it’s still a little on the epic side, but the surprise is not simply that Tarantino famous for thinking aloud about films that never materialise finally made it, but that, far from being a dour action movie for guys, Inglourious Basterds [the misspelling is deliberate] is fun. Described by the director as a kind of sister-piece to Tony Scott’s True Romance, which Tarantino scripted, it’s a tense but often very funny thriller in which the Allied Forces and a young, brutally orphaned Jewish girl collide on a dangerous mission: to assassinate the Fuhrer at a movie premiere in Occupied Paris. Publicity for the movie may suggest that this is a Brad Pitt vehicle, but Pitt, playing the charismatic leader of a U.S. guerilla gang of Nazi hunters called the Basterds, is just one of the many pleasures Tarantino’s savage romp offers. A bravura 20-minute opening sequence introduces the previously unknown Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, who steals the film as the insidious Colonel Landa. There’s also Michael Fassbender as the bumbling, stiff-upper-lip British spy Archie Hickox; Daniel Bruhl as the seemingly charming Nazi sharpshooter whose biopic is to be premiered for Hitler; and Diane Kruger as the beautiful but useless double agent who threatens to ruin everything. But most of all, there’s a visionary behind the camera, and Tarantino’s confidence, especially after the disappointment of his Grindhouse feature Death Proof, is amazing. Damon Wise. Director: QUENTIN TARANTINO U.S.A.-GERMANY 2009 COLOUR ANAMORPHIC DOLBY DIGITAL STEREO 35MM 152 MIN.