20 Things You Didn't Know About Inglourious Basterds

19. Combining The Genres

Inglorious Basterds
Universal Pictures

Inglourious Basterds is a mixed bag - it has the look of a typical war film of the 1960s and 1970s yet the opening sequence, including the all too familiar score, is straight out of a Spaghetti Western.

In fact, QT borrows liberally from all manner of movies from the last fifty years.

Chapter one is titled 'Once upon a time in Nazi-occupied France,' a clear reference to Once Upon A Time In America/The West (and inspiring Mexico/Hollywood) and was the original working title of the project. Although Ennio Morricone wasn't officially the composer, he provided music for the finished film and his influence is liberally plastered all over the final cut.

The visual influences here though are classic war/heist movies like Kelly's Heroes, Guns Of Navarone and basically anything starring Charles Bronson.


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