Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Inglourious Basterds

According to an article on, Pandora's Box director G.W. Pabst is mentioned in the new Quentin Tarantino film, Inglourious Basterds. I'm not sure if Louise Brooks - the star of Pandora's Box - get's a shout out or not.

According to the article, characters in the film (who include French Resistance cinephiles) talk about the movies while dropping the names of various films and historical figures. It doesn't quite make sense to me, but like any Tarantino movie, I guess you have to see it to understand it. Here is what the article says about Pabst.
  • G.W. Pabst: Famous German Expressionist director, mostly known for “Pandora’s Box,” starring Louise Brooks. Another filmmaker referenced in “Basterds” by its cast of movie-mad characters who talk and talk and talk about films when they’re not plotting each other’s demise, the Nazis weren’t fans of his Weimar era “decadence.”
Has anyone see Inglourious Basterds? And if so, what gives ?


  1. i havent seen it but pretty much all of his flms (and scripts for other people's films) mention other films, filmakers, actors etc so i'm sure it'll be fun to see how he worked pabst into a discussion in 'basterds'.

    and now in my head i hear Tarantino himself as Mr Brown saying "This guy was like Charles Bronson in the Great Escape... he was DIGGIN' tunnnels!"

    gotta love it!

  2. Pabst is mentioned by name at least a half dozen times.
    Lulu doesn't get a by-name shout out, but in one scene a character says "there is no Dietrich, there is no Riefenstahl, there is only Hammersmark" (The name of Diane Kruger's character). I thought that was pretty neat.

    I recently saw QT's Sight & Sound top 10 from last year, and Pandora's box was #7.


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