Quentin Tarantino: His 5 Most Inventive Shots

5. Donny Donowitz And Omar Ulmer (Inglourious Basterds)

I'm assuming you scanned over the picture above relatively quickly, subconsciously noting that it isn't comprised of any clues as to what this section of the write-up could possibly contain (unless you've seen Inglourious Basterds, in which case you needn't have read this sentence at all). To the untrained eye, it merely looks as though a Jewish-American soldier has disguised himself as an inexperienced Italian waiter, and is serving a glass of tap water (which is playing the role of champagne) to a pair of Nazi's guarding the entrance to a Parisian cinema in occupied France. As all historians will know, this type of scenario was garden-variety in 1944, and the only thing unordinary about it is that "Signore Antonio Margheriti" (AKA Donny Donowitz, AKA Eli Roth) is actually concealing a Sedgley OSS .38 Glove Pistol underneath his shrewdly placed hand-towel. The weapon (fired by pressing an extended trigger against whatever you want to shoot) is initially used to dispatch of the follically challenged gentleman on the right, before Private First Class Omar Ulmer charges the ten feet between stairway and target to kill the remaining fellow opposite him. And we're all left thinking the same thing: If you had to run at top speed in order to use the glove pistol, why didn't you just use a normal handgun? Because it's not as cool, that's why! We've all shot a guy using that out-dated technique - how many of us have used a Sedgley OSS? How many of us have actually heard of the bloody thing? Well, Tarantino has - and his placement of such a firearm in this movie deserves a placement on our exquisitely purposeless list at number 5.

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