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In Chapter Five of Inglourious Basterds, Revenge of the Giant Face, Colonel Hans Landa strangles Bridget von Hammersmark to death with his own hands immediately after placing her at the scene of the shootout at La Louisiane pub. This violence is unnecessary for performing his duty since the cinema is packed with the German military and security. It seems to be personal revenge and it surely cannot be patriotic feelings as by that time Landa had already been contemplating defection. Also, the only link between Landa and Bridget is Major Hellstrom, who had been shadowing the actress at La Louisiane and quite possibly had been assigned this duty by Landa himself.

It could be that he felt responsible for getting his protege killed, but I think an outburst like that would require more intimate feelings. I think Landa wanted closure for the death of his beloved one.

Unfortunately, the only time Landa and Hellstrom meet in the movie (in the restaurant where Shosanna meets Goebbels) we cannot see their faces.

Were Landa and Hellstrom lovers? Is there any proof? Why would he kill her in such an intimate fashion otherwise?

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    I can't speak for the book but in the movie there is no implication of any relationship between Hellstrom and Landa whatsoever. – Dominic G. Jun 21 '16 at 13:31
  • Or another point to consider would be, were Landa and Bridget von Hammersmark involved in an affair at some point? If thats true then Col Landa would definitely have felt a sense of betrayal. IIRC their interaction at the premiere was quite flirtatious. – Sayan Jan 27 '17 at 12:29
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In fact, I don't think so.Surely, the character seems uninsterested in sex. It could be likely, for instance,to expect from him toward Shoshanna a lascivious, lewd behaviour, akin to Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca -and Waltz, if he were an opera singer,would be an excellent Scarpia, I think- but nothing of this. However, IMHO, there'no indication he were more interested in men than in women:he cares business over pleasure,perhaps on occasion he could also mix them , but here it was not the case.If in that scene he seems to kill in a more "personal"than "professional" manner... also a cold, cynical man may have an emotional moment, perhaps for stress. Attracted to Bridget, flirtatious with her? This may be, but not quite in love with her. I think, if there was some of passionate, it would have been more developed

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