The Elegant Irony of Inglorious Bastards

It is, at its core, a propaganda film, advocating that the makers of propagranda films are evil and deserve death.  The most poignant moment comes near the end, when Hitler himself is watching a propaganda film, which stars a heroic young Nazi who killed hundreds of enemy troops.  Hitler laughs in delight at the carnage, hits the director, Goebbels, on the arm and says, “I love it.  This is your best yet.”

Meanwhile, we in the movie audience watch Brad Pitt portray a Jewish-American soldier killing the evil Nazis with abandon and good-cheer, and we laugh at the excess of it.  We pat Tarantino on the back and say, “I love it.  This is your best yet.”

Our need for vengeance, it seems, makes us no different from Hitler.  Especially for Christians, the film is a deeply subversive challenge to the idea of good guys and bad guys.

Do you think that’s true?  Is demonizing the Nazis any different from the Nazis demonizing the Jews?  If so, how is it different?


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