This September, The Loft Cinema celebrates the wild world of Quentin Tarantino with special screenings of all eight of his groundbreaking feature films, as well as one of his “screenplay only” films.
Tarantino’s cunningly calculated demolition of 20th-century history blends quasi-fact with high-octane (pulp) fiction to create a rip-roaring alternative history concocted out of comic books, spaghetti westerns, and Dirty Dozen-style war movies. Inglourious Basterdsbegins in German-occupied France, where Shosanna Dreyfus witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel
“Energetic, inventive, swaggering fun, Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds is a consummate Hollywood entertainment–rich in fantasy and blithely amoral.” – J. Hoberman, Village Voice
Hans Landa (Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz). Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris, where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema. Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) organizes a ragtag group of Jewish soldiers to engage in targeted acts of retribution. Known to their enemy as “The Basterds,” Raine’s revenge squad unleashes an orgy of behind-the-lines mayhem against the Nazis, eventually joining German actress and undercover agent Bridget Von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) on a mission to take down the leaders of The Third Reich. Fates converge under a cinema marquee, where Shosanna is poised to carry out a revenge plan of her own, culminating in a Paris propaganda movie premiere that promises to be a real blast! Also starring Michael Fassbender and Eli Roth, Inglourious Basterds (which borrows its title, but not its plot, from a 1978 Italian exploitation flick) was Tarantino’s most successful film to that point, a brutally brash, large scale, shamelessly entertaining WWII action adventure in the grand Hollywood tradition, shot through with Tarantino’s distinctly off-kilter, movie-mad obsessions.