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This is about the movie - Inglourious Basterds

This movie takes the (possibly) actual failed attempt to assassinate Hitler in a movie theater (I'm not able to find any data for the real-life attempt) and flips the story around to a successful assassination.

Any particular reason this was done and that particular event from history was chosen?

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    Was there even a real historical assassination attempt involving a cinema? I thought the whole plot was completely made up and not just the ending. And of course it had to be the cinema, because well, Tarantino loves the cinema and it's his way for handling stuff. – Napoleon Wilson Mar 2 '15 at 10:13
  • I do remember reading about such an assassination attempt in a theater (may have been a play) much before the movie released. I'm trying to get a link to such an event in actual history right now, struggling to do so however :( – John Mar 2 '15 at 10:19
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    Well Lincoln was killed in theather, but I doubt that someone tried to kill Hitler in cinema - it's a question for historians... And Hitler died in the movie because everyone would think he wouldn't :) – Mithoron Mar 2 '15 at 11:53
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    In real life Hitler was never punched out by Captain America, either. thecomicbooks.com/img/1941-captainamericacomics1.gif – Will Feldman Mar 3 '15 at 2:47
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    There was never an assassination attempt on Hitler in a theater. Though much of the film loosely follows history, the movie itself is not meant to be historical or biographical. It's akin to believing that Abraham Lincoln was a vampire slayer. Or that William Wallace actually plooked Isabel of France (who was actually 4 years old when those events took place). – Johnny Bones Mar 11 '15 at 13:54
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The answer to your question is:

Tarantino himself has remarked: "In this story, cinema changes the world, and I fucking love that idea!"

The reality is; There was never an assassination attempt on Hitler in a theater. Though much of the film loosely follows history, the movie itself is not meant to be historical or biographical. Tarantino just thought the idea of a world-changing event happening in a theater sounded cool, so he moved the demise of Hitler to a cinema.

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    Thanks for that @Johnny Bones, I don't know why on earth I've been aware of a theater assassination attempt from before the movie was made .. – John Mar 12 '15 at 7:04

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