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Inglorious Basterds: A Screenplay

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Weinstein Books; 1 edition (July 21 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602861102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602861107
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,810,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A wickedly astute and beautiful comedy. -- Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal

One of the year's best films. -- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Ranks among Altman's best work ever....a superbly-written screenplay that has no equal this year. -- Jonathan Foreman, The New York Post --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Quentin Tarantino wrote and directed the internationally acclaimed films Reservoir Dogs; Pulp Fiction, for which he received an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay; Jackie Brown; Kill Bill: Volumes 1 & 2; and Death Proof. His other screenplays include True Romance, Natural Born Killers, and From Dusk Till Dawn.

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I've read all Tarantino's screenplay. I won't rate them all but Reservoir Dogs was great, Pulp Fiction was greater. But his newest Inglourious Basterds is his finest writing. With multiple language (all the screenplay is in english, but he tell, exemple, "Talking in GERMAN subtitle in ENGLISH) and variety of characters. Anyway, the greatest Tarantino screenplay yet.

Long live the BASTERDS!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99b93504) out of 5 stars If You Loved the Movie, You Need this Screenplay Dec 31 2009
By The Boleyn Girl - Published on
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After watching Inglourious Basterds for the fourth time in one weekend, I went out and bought its screenplay. I have to admit, it's the first screenplay I've ever read for any movie. Usually, watching the movie is good enough for me, but now I realize that screenplays can be just as good as novels. Tarantino is a master of dialogue. He really allows his characters to bring themselves to life throughout the screenplay, and here there is extra information about some of the main characters that I deeply appreciated. Of course, I can see that due to time constraints, the extra scenes couldn't be put into the movie, but they were wonderful to read. The biggest examples are probably the backstory of Sgt. Donny Donowitz (aka the Bear Jew) and also the real "origin of [Shosanna's] cinema ownership". There's also an extra Utivich scene, and some more mezmerizing hillbilly talk from Lt. Aldo Raine. If you didn't like the movie, well, this screenplay won't change your mind. It's still the same basic concept, obviously. But if you loved Inglourious Basterds like I did, then you will absolutely devour this screenplay.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99b9390c) out of 5 stars Must have for any fan of the movie Sept. 12 2009
By Montia Garcia - Published on
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Seriously a must have for any fan of the movie. The screenplay will answer most of your questions. There are many scenes that I find informative and entertaining that didn't make it into the movie. READ IT!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99b93984) out of 5 stars a glorious film and screenplay Oct. 23 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS is probably Tarantino's best film since PULP FICTION, and certainly is most ambitious in terms of theme and subject matter. The ahistorical World War II drama is at once a darkly humorous revenge fantasy and a criticism of revenge fantasies as a genre. It points out the audiences' similarities to the villians whose death the audience cheers.

The script has some interesting differences from the final film. Some scenes are shorten or removed. Others play very differently because of some minor changes in dialogue or staging.

What comes through clearly, both in print and in film, is Tarantino's gift for wholly artificially, but enthralling dialogue, and his incisive feel for character and scene.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99b9372c) out of 5 stars A Tarantino Screenplay Always Gives You Extra Pleasure Sept. 12 2010
By Barbara Fox - Published on
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"Inglourious Basterds" was one of my favorite films of 2009; since Tarantino's idiosyncratic screenplays are always fun to read - and frequently enlightening - I could hardly wait to get a copy. Now that I have it, I wish I'd gotten it long ago. The screenplay is as good as I remember it, and reading it lets me really explore the rhythms, the structure (Tarantino never gets as much credit for sound structure as I think he deserves)and the character notes. The 'stage directions' are also illuminating, and sometimes wickedly funny, as they comment on not only the action, but the likely audience reactions at times. Plus, as with most published screenplays, there are several deleted scenes and even some altered scenes. Some of the latter are particularly telling, as the published version of the conflagration at 'Operation Kino' is quite different and, in my opinion, not nearly as effective as what Tarantino ended up filming. (I won't spoil it for those who want to read it now!)

If you didn't like the film, and you're not a film student, there's not much need to buy this. But if you're a fan, or looking for insight into how to write a less-than-formulaic screenplay, rush out and get it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99b93a14) out of 5 stars Tarantino's Masterpiece (In Writing At Least) Oct. 3 2013
By Josh Thomas - Published on
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As a big fan of Quentin Tarantino's work, I have never hesitated to watch his films constantly and read his screenplays (original-final drafts). Of course, you have big fan-favorites such as Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Vo1. 1 & 2, and Django Unchained, but my God...
Inglourious Basterds is something to really read for any reader. Rarely have I ever read a script where I actually feel emotion in the description as well as the dialogue, which kind of makes me sad that many will not read the screenplay and just see the movie.
For me, I do love the movie, of course, but the screenplay is where my heart is and I really recommend it for any movie fan or reader. It will put you on edge, make you laugh, cry, and at times be horrified.
As far as writing goes, this is Tarantino's masterpiece. Check it out!