UPDATED 9/3/09 11:39 a.m.
The conversation continues…
To those who have not yet had their fill of intelligent considerations of Inglourious Basterds, it is my pleasure to point out three sites whose interaction with the movie has been inspiring and challenging, to say the least, not to mention a hell of a lot of fun to read. First, there’s Jim Emerson, who has been delightful in his examination of this movie over the last two weeks, and has come up with a wonderful summation, “Inglourious Basterds: Real or Fictitious, It Doesn’t Matter…”, a title that ought to have certain of the film’s detractors in knots, especially as it is derived from a line of the movie’s dialogue. I have more to write in response to Jim re my perception of there being a twinge of horror, of ambivalence in the final conflagration, to go along with what he rightly terms the dominant sentiment of full-on emotional investment in the explosion of revenge at its heart. But that will come at Jim’s site, and I’ll probably repost it here too. Jim and I see the movie practically eye to eye, and he has made things even more clear for me in his step-by-step analysis. We differ only slightly about the ending, a disagreement that is made nearly insignificant by the level of appreciation we share for the movie as a whole. This is a piece that cannot not be enjoyed by those interested in seeing how the movie reflects on itself as an examination of the propagation of myth, personal and military, and the importance of role-playing in IB and in Tarantino overall.
Secondly, Ed Howard and Jason Bellamy’s rich conversation about Tarantino’s career has been augmented this morning by part 2 of their talk, which focuses exclusively on Inglourious Basterds. Ed, Jason, superb job on part 1; I cannot wait to get part 2 home and take my time with it. Thanks!
Finally, Joseph ‘Jon’ Lanthier contributes his own decidely ambivalent, well-considered thoughts about IB, which are then addressed by Jonathan Rosenbaum and a few others at Bright Lights After Dark. Jim, Ed, Jason and Joseph 'Jon' have made a rich, involving, utterly unique cinematic experience even richer by their participation and their recognition of IB as a spectacular piece of moviemaking and a work of art. I will echo many, I’m sure, by expressing thanks that they would take the time and offer their abilities as observers and writers to help ensure that the movie could live and breathe so vibrantly beyond the walls of the cinema.
(Thanks too, Jim, by the way, for that beautiful screen grab.)
UPDATED 9/3/09 11:39 a.m.
And then there's Kim Morgan on what Inglourious Basterds owes to history. In her wise summation of the very human reaction to seeing and absorbing Tarantino's movie universe for what it is and how it operates, Kim considers that parallel universe and the one churning and burning inside our own heads as we watch and think about the movie later. Thanks for the well-considered piece, Kim!