I'd say this gesture was something so subtle and unconcious that it just falls below any cultural assimilation. He has "counted to three" in the "British way" all over his life and even excessive exposure to German native speakers and culture probably won't change such a highly non-descript and intuitive gesture. You can speak fluently in a language and be ...
It's simple, really. What most screenwriters do is to write the entire script in the same language (which, in the case of Hollywood movies, is English) and then when there's a piece of dialog that's supposed to be spoken in some other language, all you have to do is tell the reader this by adding a parenthesis between the character's name and the dialog.
I, being a German and having heard a wide variety of different German dialects, can confirm to you that his accent was indeed a bit strange. And while Michael Fassbender didn't have too strong an accent, it was IMHO still identifiable as slightly English-based and thus was likely to arouse the suspicion from the Germans in that bar.
Yet the accent wasn't ...
From Wikipedia page on the film:-
The film's title was inspired by the English-language title of
director Enzo G. Castellari's 1978 war film, The Inglorious Bastards.
When asked for an explanation of the film's title's spelling during a
news conference at the Cannes Film Festival, Tarantino said, "I'm
never going to explain that".
When pushed on ...
A few tidbits that I can pull from looking at both David O. Selznick and Louis B. Mayer via Wikipedia:
Louis B. Mayer was pretty much the figure head of MGM during its golden years, and is considered the creator of the "star system", focusing more on producing and advertising films around the stars in his films rather than the films themselves.
David O. ...
He survived a lynching
That is not just speculation, that is in the script:
EXT - SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND - DAY
A bunch of SOLDIERS are lined up at attention.
LIEUTENANT ALDO.RAINE, a hillbilly from the mountains of
Tennessee, walks down the line. He recruits the men, the
Germans will later call; "The ...
I think it would be more consistent if he didn't. As said,
It would be dangerous to let her go.
He couldn't know what she and the basterds would do (even they didn't know at that time), so he couldn't plan ahead on that.
He didn't see her face in the farm. I think that having pictures (as some suggested) is unrealistic (I believe they were not very common ...
My wife and I both took German in high school and were taught by a native German. He told us the way that Germans count one with their thumb instead of with their fore finger. I always remembered this and she didn't.
While watching Inglourious Basterds I noticed the slip up right away she had no idea until after the shooting stopped and it was explained on ...
As explained in the Inglorious Basterds screenplay:
Why did you allow a enemy of the state
Oh, I don't think the state is in too
much danger, do you?
I suppose not.
I'm glad you see it my way. Besides,
not putting a bullet in the back of a
fifteen year old girl, and allowing
her to ...
It is neither explained in the movie nor outside. There are no interviews available from cast or crew, there are just assumptions and user theories. One can be found on IMDb:
It is never explained in the movie, as it was Tarantino's intention to leave it unknown. Several theories have come up about it, one such being that it resulted from his punishment ...
Yes, it is true.
I am German myself and this is not a regionalism.
Wikipedia says so.
For future exploration about subtle differences:
Different systems to tell the time within Germany (expect passionate discussions about why the cake method is or is not the right one).
I think the reason he got suspicious was because there were many reasons to be suspicious.
When the Major first sits down, he inquires about them and where they are from, as they are officers and he does not recognize their names, despite knowing all the names of officers in the region (or something similar, I can't quite remember). They give him a ...
Shosanna shot Fredrick only because he became a hindrance to her plot. Under different circumstances she wouldn't need to shoot Fredrick.
Fredrick is evidently quite besotted with Shosanna and time and again tries to vie for her attention. Even though Shosanna herself doesn't reciprocate those feelings, she nevertheless has a soft corner for him. So when ...
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 ...
I seem to be in the minority here, but I actually think Col. Landa did not recognize Shosanna. He did not get a good look at her in the beginning of the film. And if he suspected she would try to get revenge, he would have to think it would be primarily directed at him. Why allow somebody to potentially interfere with his plans to defect? He wouldn't know ...
I found an article in the German newspaper Die Welt from 2009 "Quentin Tarantinos Spaß mit obskuren Namen" (Quentin Tarantinos fun with strange names):
WELT ONLINE: Diane Kruger ist Bridget von Hammersmark, deutscher Filmstar und englische Agentin. Bridget/Brigitte klingt schon deutsch genug. Und dann noch "von Hammersmark". Das deutet ...
Yes you got it. Landa realized that Germany was going to lose the war sooner or later. The movie's main action starts to happen in June 1944, which probably means that the Normandy Landings have happened. Landa, being a very smart man, knew that since the vast American war machine has made landfall in Europe it was only a matter of time until they reached ...
The Nazis occupied most of France in 1940 (and the last soldiers left in 1945, e.g. La Rochelle). The movie starts ("First Chapter") in 1941 (shown on screen) with Colonel Landa interviewing LaPadite. He specifically asks him for Shosanna's age, LaPadite estimates it as 18 or 19.
In Chapter Two the Basterds are introduced. Lieutenant Raine says to his men ...
Quote from Tarantino himself:
Definitely. You took it right out of my mouth. Yes. I
mean, basically what they’re doing - you described it really, really
well. To put in even shorter nutshell, they’re actually doing
literally the Apache resistance, but against the Nazis, against the
And that was one of the things - one of the reasons ...
Like you said, they most probably instructed von Hammersmark on the requirements to some degree. But I don't think they gave that many instructions, apart from the obvious ones that it should be a quite desolate little bar in the outskirts of Paris, without a high chance of German soldiers hanging around. Of course they could have told her much more things, ...
Recall how Marcelle does the final preparations for setting the theater on fire - he blocks the auditorium doors with a crowbar and then proceeds to behind the screen and starts waiting for Shoshanna's "message" to appear on the screen. Before he does so the two men from the Basterds leave the auditorium and proceed to some side corridors to get to the side ...
From IMDB FAQ
Why is it spelled "Basterds"?
Tarantino commented on "The Late Show" that Inglourious Basterds is the "Tarantino way of spelling it," but he hasn't commented on where the idea for the misspelling arose, nor is he likely to. "I'm never going to explain that," Tarantino was quoted at the Cannes Film Festival.
Three theories have been offered ...
Well I think it was the fingers; One of the things people forget sometimes is that every culture/country has its own way of moving, gestures and mannerisms.
The way that people count on their fingers is just one of the many bits of body language unique in every country.
Finger-counting varies between cultures and over time, and is studied by ...
My guess is that more people died than would have otherwise: the survivors not only needed to avoid the fire; they needed also avoid the bullets. That is, I don't expect that everyone would have been killed by the fire, nor by both. Maybe Hitler would have even survived it, given the level of devotion his minions possess... someone would have sacrificed self ...
The Barkeeper is on Bridget von Hammersmark's side. Although it is not clearly seen during the shooting frenzy that against whom he uses his gun. But if you closely analyze the other scenes it appears that he was definitely on Bridget's side. Here are the indications
Scene where the men have just arived at the bar.
Bridget is not so cautious of him when ...
As the other answer states, it's about differences of which fingers to hold up when indicating the number 3.
Repeated viewings of the Bar scene would tell you nothing unless you happened to know this cultural difference. However it is explained in the very next scene when Lieutenant Aldo interrogates Bridget von Hammersmark, when they are treating her for ...
I think she felt pity for him. As if she regretted what she did.
As you said, even running out of bullets wouldn't stop her from killing him another way, but that is if she definitely wanted to and I think that the answer here is no, at least later. She shot him at first because of her mission but she definitely felt something that stopped her from ...
I'm almost positive he knows it's her.
Those little things he says are just like his personality to poke at her.
Inquiring deeper than most people about her aunt and uncle and how they died.
Ordering milk for her knowing she had been taken in and saw her family murdered at a dairy farm, watching her as he said it.
Jews in hiding weren't hiding because no ...
I always wondered about this and after reading the above remarks I would agree it is highly probable that he did indeed know it was her.
I'd just like to add that the close-up on him extinguishing his cigarette into the strudel at the end of the conversation, immediately after extolling its deliciousness, to me signifies the two-faced nature of his ...
It would be safe to assume that the German soldiers at the tavern were all deployed in the same region and hence knew each other.
First : When first shots are heard the drunk soldiers see that the German officer, who was their senior in rank and who was known to them is being shot at by some strangers who are in uniform but who are not known to them. This ...