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Saturday, March 9, 2019
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7:00pm [7:00pm] CAA Movie Night- "Inglourious Basterds"
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In March, we’ll be viewing Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.” This 2009 film with the purposely misspelled title gives World War II, in the words of Roger Ebert, “a much-needed alternative ending.” It’s not a conventional war film, where the basic story stays intact but bravery is exaggerated and the heroes’ failings removed. Rather, it is a fantasy of how Jews – particularly American Jews – might have brought an end to the Nazi regime if things had happened differently. The fantasy is outrageous, but everything about this film is oversized – courage and evil and terror and even weird flashes of humor. The film focuses on a fictional cadre of Jewish American GI’s, dropped behind enemy lines in occupied France to take on the Nazi regime. There’s also a young French Jewish woman who longs to avenge her family’s deaths, even if it results in her own. And there’s a villainous Nazi every bit as evil and frightening as those in films that try to present actual history. Inglourious Basterds pursues a revenge fantasy that’s larger than life and in some sense bigger than truth. Perhaps what it presents is a truth that’s bigger than historical accuracy. A.O. Scott of the New York Times once called it the perfect Purim film. Like the Megillah of Esther, Inglourious Basterds is not about what we know happened, but about how Jewish history might have been different throughout the ages if Jews always had the capacity to defend ourselves. The film is wild and violent and full of every emotion imaginable. Tarantino rewrites the war and we go along for the ride and then wish it were real. Roger Ebert’s 2009 review went on to say that Inglourious Basterds, like most Tarantino films, needs to be seen more than once. Come see it again, or for the first time. Starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, and Melanie Laurent. Note: This film is rated R for strong graphic violence, profane language, and brief scenes of sexual behavior.

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