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Inglorious Basterds: A Screenplay

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  • 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: #4,122,236 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 alternate Paperback edition.

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 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!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a glorious film and screenplay Oct. 23 2009
By Trey - 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.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Offers Additional Characters and Insights-A Must Read for those of us addicted to Inglourious Basterds! Dec 5 2009
By Deborah L. Alpi - Published on
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I love this screenplay--and I hope that Tarantino eventually takes all 500-some-odd pages he wrote originally and turns it into a novel. It's all Luc Besson's fault that we have to make do with a two-and-a-half hour movie instead of a two-parter or a five-part miniseries. He didn't want to have to wait so long for QT's next film!! The published screenplay offers additional characters and insights that enrich one's experience of the film, which still seems far too short. All the characters in this story beg for further exploration--Archie Hickox and Soshana Dreyfus were perhaps the least explored. Which is why I and so many others write fanfiction about them. If you write fanfiction, this screenplay is your bible. But if you just want to read superbly written dialogue, it offers the chance to truly luxuriate in the greates of Tarantino's talents. I can't recommend this more highly!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 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.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revenge Film at its Best! Dec 10 2009
By S. Agusto-Cox - Published on
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Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds: A Screenplay is the screenplay for the revenge war film of the same name. Moviegoers love Tarantino's films for a multitude of reasons or they hate them for a multitude of reasons, but the screenplay provides a whole new insight into the filmmaker and his work.

Author David L. Robbins says in the forward, "The script remembers, too, the classic propaganda films of Leni Riefenstahl and Joseph Goebbels. It glimpses the faces of Hitler and Churchill and the interior of a wartime movie house in Paris, and zooms in on the horrors of close combat, the mania of vendetta. . . . Inglourious Basterds does not indulge in lampoonery or mere cobbling. It is reverently authentic as a war story, working the same tense, edge-of-the-seat magic as the best of the genre, book or movie. At the same time, it's Tarantino, its own thing."

There are two main story lines in the film and the script -- one deals with the death and ultimate revenge plot of Shosanna Dreyfus and the other follows the basterds through Germany as they take on the Nazis and bumble around during secret missions to win the war. In typical Tarantino fashion, the script bounces from each group and several moments in time, quilting together the larger arc of the story and conclusion of the war.

The script includes little tidbits about the characters that are never seen or talked about on screen. Readers will be amazed by the depth of detail Tarantino provides in stage direction, the description of the scene, and explanation.

Although the script does not depict the true conclusion of World War II, Tarantino illuminates the horrors of war and creates an atmosphere of the ridiculous in its revenge themes. Watching the film is fast-paced, hilarious at moments, and gruesome, but reading the script plunges readers into their own personal version of the events and enables them to sink their teeth into Tarantino's witty and poignant dialogue. The basterds' dialogue drips with disdain and self-righteousness, while Col. Hans Landa, or the Jew Hunter, uses language to demonstrate his superiority, even though his outward actions border on comedic.

Overall, Inglourious Basterds: A Screenplay by Quentin Tarantino is an excellent specimen of a screenplay from its detailed stage direction and description to its witty and insightful dialogue, it will capture readers imaginations just as the film did on screen. There are portions of the script that did not make it onto the big screen, but that's to be expected with any film; there also are scenes in the movie that are not in the script. The beauty of a screenplay is that it is not a stationary work of art, but one that evolves from page to screen under the guidance of its maker.