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15 Little-Known Facts About Inglourious Basterds


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Once upon a time, in Nazi-occupied France… Quentin Tarantino made his masterpiece. Here are 15 behind-the-scenes tidbits to enhance your watching of Inglourious Basterds.

1. This isn’t the first Inglourious Basterds.

Tarantino took the title from a 1978 Italian war film by the same name.

2. Tarantino originally wanted to call the movie Once Upon a Time in Occupied France.

Ultimately, of course, he settled on Inglourious Basterds and used his first idea as the name of Chapter One in the final film.

3. Tarantino first wrote the script for the 2009 film back in 1998.

But he shelved it to make both volumes of Kill Bill and Death Proof.

4. Jason Mraz played a part in helping Tarantino to finish the script.

Tarantino reportedly listened to the crooner’s song “I’m Yours” on repeat to help calm him down during the writing process.

5. Samuel L. Jackson is heard but not seen in the film.

While he doesn’t appear onscreen, he narrates Hugo Stiglitz’s backstory.

6. Christoph Waltz wasn’t the first choice to play Hans Landa.

Tarantino originally wanted to cast Leonardo DiCaprio .

7. Adam Sandler was originally set to play Donny Donowitz, aka “The Bear Jew.”

He dropped out to appear in the film Funny People instead.

8. Another German actress was supposed to play Bridget von Hammersmark.

Tarantino wanted Nastassja Kinski to play the role that eventually went to Diane Kruger.

9. The film-within-a-film was directed by Eli Roth.

The director best known for horror films such as Hostel and Cabin Fever also appears in Inglourious Basterds as Donny Donowitz. The faux Nazi propaganda film Nation’s Pride, seen in Chapter Five, lasts just over six minutes and can be seen here.

10. A well-known funnyman was supposed to play Archie Hicox.

Before Michael Fassbender was cast to lead Operation Kino, Tarantino wanted Simon Pegg to play Archie Hicox. Pegg had to drop out to shoot the motion capture for Steven Spielberg’s Tintin.

11. Michael Fassbender’s language skills were no joke.

Fassbender—whose character must go undercover and speak long scenes of dialogue in fluent German—was born in Germany and German was his first language.

12. Melanie Laurent became a projectionist to prepare for her part.

She worked in the projection booth at the New Beverly Cinema—an arthouse theater in L.A. owned by Quentin Tarantino—for 10 days prior to filming.

13. The film’s title card is in Tarantino’s handwriting.

It was taken from the cover page of Tarantino’s final draft from July 2008.

14. The film’s promotional materials were censored in Germany.

All of the swastikas had to be removed from the German versions of the film’s posters because portraying Nazi symbols is banned in Germany.

15. Basterds marked the end of a longtime collaboration between Tarantino and his editor, Sally Menke.

Menke, who had edited all of Tarantino’s movies up to that point, passed away after the film premiered.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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