The occasionally snobby (in a good way) Dave Kehr takes a surprisingly sober stab at Enzo G. Castellari’s The Inglorious Bastards recently come to 3-disc DVD set.
“A product of that brief, heady period when Italian genre movies challenged Hollywood for dominance of the Western world’s drive-ins and grindhouses, “The Inglorious Bastards” is a slapdash but appealing riff on the themes established by Robert Aldrich’s consummately cynical film The Dirty Dozen in 1967.”
That’s pretty heady company and though the inspiration is clear, Kehr is quick to point out that Bastards is no Dozen. It’s not at all serious minded for one thing.
Nevertheless, Kehr finds the whole thing entertaining and even sees a political angle in the soldier’s behavior. “Their anti-authoritarianism is both a reflection of postwar Italy’s healthy disenchantment with Fascism and a romanticized version of the left-wing militancy being espoused then by students.”
Yeah, that might be pushing it a bit, but who am I to argue with Dave Kehr?
Read a little about The Inglorious Bastards at LA’s New Beverly Cinema here.
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