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Inglourious Basterds!

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Continuing with the theme of the American Western Tarantino throughout all of his movies has used the iconic "Mexican Standoff". Inspired once again by The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly the director has used the standoff in his films from Reservoir Dogs to Django Unchained. Tarantino uses the most notable "Mexican Standoff" in film history from the ending of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Though he does not directly use the same shots or setup in the original version he uses the same theme that envokes the same anxiety filled emotions we get from such scenes. Here is part of the "Mexican Standoff" in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:

In fact Tarantino uses the theme of the "Mexican Standoff" twice in one scene. The first Tarantino depicts three characters holding guns to one another which is necessary in such a standoff. Eventually all the characters kill one another ending the standoff without a victor. However, there are a few characters that were not killed who were not part of the initial standoff. The remaining characters are forced into another standoff, which results in the death of only one of the members. The second standoff mimics the movie The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly directly because only one of the characters is killed in that standoff as well. Here is the first "Mexican Standoff" in Inglourious Basterds:

As stated before Tarantino developes his characters usually from other works. One such case is from Sherlock Holmes in the movie The Seven-Per-Cent Solution. Holmes is perhaps the most well known fictional detective ever created. He solves the most unsolvable cases with the most keen eye for detail. However, Holmes has many flaws, specifically his addiction to cocaine. From the character Sherlock Holmes in The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, Tarantino created the character Hans Landa to mimic Holmes' detective nature and keen eye. To comemorate Holmes, Tarantino uses his pipe in Inglourious Basterds, but in an obivious manner by exagerating the size of the prop. Here is Sherlock Holmes smoking the pipe in The Seven-Per-Cent Solution:

Though Hans Landa is based on Sherlock Homles he does not exactly exhibit his moral character. Instead Landa is a more sadistic, immoral detective whose true skill is hunting and killing Jews rather than solving crimes. Nonetheless, Tarantino uses Holmes character to depict someone who is flawless when it comes to investigation. The use of pipe and its over exageration was a ploy on Holmes while depicted with Hans Landa in a sinical and comical way. Here is Landa in Inglourious Basterds using the same pipe from the Sherlock Holmes film:

Nonetheless, Tarantino did not limit his references only to Spaghetti Westerns or crime mysteries. Throughout Inglourious Basterds Tarantino makes references to horror and slasher films. One of the most notable references is from the 1976 horror, Carrie, directed by Brian De Palma. Tarantino liked the role of a strong female character such as Carrie in Palma's film. Tarantino decided to add his own strong female character Shosonna Dreyfus. The director decided to compare both the characters through the climatic point in both films. Here is the climatic point in Carrie:

The iconic prom scene in Carrie is instilled in the mind of anyone who has ever watched the movie. Tarantino decided to add his own iconic scene with the character Shosonna. In both scenes the characters lock the doors to the facility they were attacking. Both characters set fire to the area, which killed everyone on the inside. Additionally, both stories are about revenge, which is carried on throughout the two films. Tarantino wanted viewers to relive the experience they got with Carrie. Here Tarntino recreates the flames created during Carrie:

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