ROME, ITALY - OCTOBER 19: Quentin Tarantino attends the close encounter red carpet during the 16th Rome Film Fest 2021 on October 19, 2021 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Stefania M. D'Alessandro/Getty Images for RFF)
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Inglourious Basterds Borrowed Pieces From Three Previous Quentin Tarantino Films
Quentin Tarantino may be known for paying homage to his favorite genre films in his own work, but apparently, the filmmaker also looks to his own films for inspiration. Tarantino revealed that for “Inglourious Basterds,” he drew from his own filmography, specifically his earlier films “Pulp Fiction,” “Reservoir Dogs,” and “True Romance,” which he wrote but didn’t direct.
When asked about “Inglourious Basterds,” Tarantino said, “to me, there's this aspect that's like 'Pulp Fiction,' where you have all these different stories that are going in one direction. In this, it's more so. The stories are even more diverse, but it actually is telling one big story, as opposed to being a big mosaic […] Every 20 minutes it's like, 'What the f*** movie is this?’”
Specifically, Tarantino explained, “The La Louisiane scene is like a reduced 'Reservoir Dogs,' but with Nazis and in German. It's a 23-minute scene, and instead of that warehouse, they're in a little basement bar […] [The film] also kind of reminds me of 'True Romance' a lot, because there's always a new character that comes in, and takes the movie […] and runs with it."