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Inglourious Basterds!

(A Closer Look Into Quentin Tarantino's Work)

Arguably Quentin Tarantino's greatest film, Inglourious Basterds, may go down in history as the film with the most cinema references in one appearance. Tarantino explores various ways throughout his films to reference or pay homage to films he has watched in his past. For instance in his 1995 film, Pulp Fiction, Tarantino makes references to various film genres such as Noire, Slasher, Kung Fu, and Gangster films. Not only does the famed director pay his respects to other films, but he also includes subtle easter eggs for his upcoming projects. One such easter egg can be found in one of Bruce Willis's scenes in Pulp Fiction, where he grabs a samurai sword, which again appears in Tarantino's film, Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003). Here is the scene where Bruce Willis's character, Butch Coolidge, chooses his point of attack from a cache of weapons in a pawn shop:

Though Bruce Willis's character is actually the one examining the sword in the movie it is truly Tarantino himself contemplating what he can do to make a movie out of this sword. The answer Tarantino was looking for was Kill Bill. Again the samurai sword reappears in his next film in 2003. However, after discovering the sword Tarantino examined the weapon again as another character, but this time closely admiring and examing is own accomplishments. Here we can actually see the director examing his work through the eyes of a swordsmith in Kill Bill Vol.1:

However, Kill Bill was not the only film spawned out of Pulp Fiction. In the same scene with Bruce Willis we can see his character holding a bat where he again contemplates what kind of destruction he could do with this particular weapon of choice. Again we can see Tarantino, through Willis, what type of movie he could make using a bat. Knowing Tarantino we know this moive would not be about Babe Ruth. Sticking to violent revenge films, the director was able to write the screenplay to Inglourious Basterds. Here we can see Tarantino exploring his option with a bat as his weapon of choice (through Bruce Willis of course):

Finally, the bat allows us to actually see Inglourious Basterds come to life. The bat is reintroduced in the scene where the "Bear Jew" who is about to use the weapon against a Nazi foe. From this bat and sword we can better understand how Tarantino actually thinks and schemes his future projects. We can even use a metaphor that Tarantino's thought of the bat is coming out of the dark and into the light as the character is leaving the dark tunnel. Most importantly we can see how the director makes direct references to other films that even include his own. Here is the "Bear Jew" putting the bat to its proper use after Tarantino decided how to incoperate it into one of his films:

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