Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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The old saying goes that the greatest gift a man of considerable resources can give a friend is immortality. After basking in the intoxicating, cocksure beauty that is Inglourious Basterds, it’s clear that Quentin Tarantino has done this for his pal, the horror director Eli Roth, by casting him as Jewish-American soldier Sgt. Donny Donowitz. Proudly nicknamed The Bear Jew by his fellow Basterds, Donowitz’s preferred method of Nazi disposal involves an American baseball bat accented with the names of Jewish survivors and supporters. Minding spoilers, Donowitz is largely responsible for the most unanimous, violent act of revenge fantasy for an entire Jewish people. It’s a helluva role to have on any filmography, one sure to become storied with time; and now it’s forever on Roth’s, right above “alleged torture-porn purveyor and creator of the Hostel franchise.”
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Inglourious Basterds

Universal Pictures International has released a batch of new photos from Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglourios Basterds on CineMovies (found via ThePlaylist). The new production photos take a look at some of the characters not included in the character posters we’ve been featuring over the past few weeks (as well as some of the “Basterds” we’ve seen before) and some of the location shots from the movie. Above is a photo of Til Schweiger as Sergeant Hugo Stiglitz, an ex-Nazi who is recruited into the Basters unit. More photos after the jump.

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Cinematical have premiered the fourth poster in the Inglourious Batserds ‘…is a Basterd’ series. This one features Melanie Laurent, who portrays the film’s heroine Shosanna Dreyfus. Despite featuring only briefly in the trailers released so far, Basterds is pretty much Shosanna’s story. She certainly gets the most important close up in the whole film.

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New Inglourious Basterds Photo

Filmz.ru has a new photo from Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglourious Basterds. It appears to show Mélanie Laurent as Shoshanna Dreyfus, a Jewish girl who is the only survivor of a bloody Nazi manhunt, and her projectionist friend/lover Marcel, played by Jacky Ido. Thanks to /Film reader Christopher M for the tip. I’m not exactly sure what is going on in the picture (who is the guy on the table), maybe someone that has read the script might be able to clarify in the comments.

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The Weinstein Co today sent out a press release announcing last week’s start of production on Quentin Tarantino‘s upcoming WWII film Inglourious Basterds. You might notice that both words are misspelled, much like the early screenplay that got leaked onto the internet a few months back. That is the official title of the film, likely in an attempt to distinguish itself from the 1978 Enzo Castellari film which inspired Tarantino.

You can read the full press release after the jump, which features a full cast and crew listing. New additions to the cast list include: Omar Doom and Michael Bacall (from Death Proof), Julie Dreyfus (Sophie Fatale from Kill Bill), Cloris Leachman (from The Mary Tyler Moore Show), and many others. Photo above thanks to Tarantino Archives. It is also worth mentioning that an Inglourious Basterds poster has again begun to circulate the internet movie sites. It has the wrong title spelling, so I’m pretty sure it’s fan created.
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