10 Most Visually Stunning War Films Of All Time

7. Inglourious Basterds (Robert Richardson)

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Though he picked up his deserved first pair of Academy Award nominations for his work on separate Vietnam War films directed by Oliver Stone - Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July - Robert Richardson arguably found his career-best groove when he linked up with Quentin Tarantino on Kill Bill: Volume 1.

It's perhaps no surprise then that his subsequent wartime effort with QT at the helm is likely his best too, with the gonzo buckshot blast of Inglorious Basterds among the director's best-photographed efforts - and that's saying something. (Richardson has shot all of his works since, with each arguably better looking than the last.)

Tracking the intertwined paths of several players in an alternative historical retelling of the final days of WWII, including a group of Nazi-scalping soldiers, a cinema owner and a Jew-hunting SS officer among others, its episodic nature and various locales - from the wide expanses of a dairy film to the cramped quarters of an underground bar, to the opulence of a gala premiere, it covers more unusual territory for a standard war picture - and Richardson lets the camera revel in all of them, guiding proceedings with a smoothness that belies the electric frission pulsing from his images.


Something of a culture vulture, Mr Steel can historically be found in three places; the local cinema, the local stadium or the local chip shop. He is an avowed fan of franchise films, amateur cricket and power-chords.