Hollywood Jew's anti-semitic outburst
Quote:To forgive is divine, to avenge is better

MONTREAL — Special to The Globe and Mail
Last updated on Friday, Aug. 07, 2009 03:23AM EDT

Eli Roth makes one thing perfectly clear as he sits down to discuss Inglourious Basterds, the Quentin Tarantino Second World War epic in which he has a supporting role. "Movies have got to take risks," he says. "If they don't, then it's just banal. What's the point?"

He certainly ended up in the right movie. The genre-busting Inglourious Basterds is strange, even by Tarantino standards. It's a war movie, a spaghetti western, a spy flick, a comic book, a comedy, tragedy and farce. It's a war film that's at once fiercely attentive to detail - German characters actually speak in German, for example - but full of wild fictional concoctions. There's Tarantino's stunt casting, with Mike Myers appearing as a British officer and cult actor Rod Taylor (The Birds) playing Winston Churchill. And notably, it is a Jewish revenge fantasy: In Tarantino's alternate reality, Brad Pitt leads a Jewish vigilante squad as they hunt down Nazis and scalp them, inciting the fury of Hitler himself.

Roth, 37, was in Montreal to present the film at the Fantasia Film Festival, where Inglourious Basterds closed the event on Wednesday. In the film, Roth plays a choice role in the Jewish crew: His character is known as the "Bear Jew," a Boston Jew who wields a baseball bat and clubs Nazis to death, as his comrades cheer him on.

Roth, a Bostonian who says he became Tarantino's Jewish adviser and soundboard, says he read this part of the script years ago when Tarantino showed it to him. "I loved it!" Roth says, his dark eyes igniting. "I said to him, 'Quentin, do you realize everyone in Boston carries around a baseball bat?' He said, 'No, I just wrote that.' As someone from Boston I knew this. Most bats in Boston are used off the field. He was so in tune with these guys!"

As with the Kill Bill films, much of Inglourious Basterds has to do with revenge, here involving the notion that Hitler could have been taken out by an underground of super-spies. "He was trying to figure out the ending, and he asked, 'If you were Jewish, and you could have ended the war, would you forgive someone?' And I said, 'No, I'd want to kill them!' Jews don't forgive, we collect interest. We get more angry as years go on," he said.

Roth learned that Tarantino had never been to a Passover Seder, so invited him to his home to experience the holiday ritual. "I told him it would give him real insight into the Jews. We tell the story of slavery and we always relate it to the Holocaust. We always talk about who's being oppressed today, who the oppressors are, and how we end it. He had never really seen me as a Jew - I'm not a very religious person. He came to my house and my parents and friends were there. After the meal he said he could go home and finish the script now."

Roth, who directed the Hostel horror flicks, says that Tarantino's bizarre cocktail of reality and fiction is intoxicating. "I'm so glad he wasn't constrained by history. I started thinking about 9/11 too, and how I wished I could go back and kill those hijackers. Quentin is so in tune with human nature, he knows that it's very real to want to go back and sacrifice yourself to stop evil, to save thousands, in this case millions of lives. The idea of going back and killing Nazis? It's so exhilarating. It's like kosher porn, it's orgasmic!"

True to the director's style, Inglourious Basterds is as much about film history as it is about actual history. A film critic plays a prominent role, the revenge takes place in a Parisian art-house cinema and a German actress clearly inspired by Marlene Dietrich is a key member of the underground.

Roth says Tarantino screened a number of films to help the cast and crew understand his vision. They watched The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Sergio Leone's landmark 1966 western, The Dirty Dozen (1967), a similarly comedic take on the Second World War, Dark of the Sun, and episodes of the sixties TV series Combat! "He also showed us Nazi propaganda films like The Eternal Jew, and said, 'This is what you're up against.' "

There was also discussion of Starship Troopers (1997), Paul Verhoeven's controversial and highly ideologically ambiguous war movie. Perhaps most surprisingly, Tarantino also screened Beerfest, a 2006 frat-boy comedy. "It's set in Germany during Oktoberfest, so that's why we watched it," Roth explains.

"Quentin said he wanted the audience to stop every 20 minutes and ask themselves, 'What the hell? What movie are we in now?' Quentin is such a master of the unexpected. The way he disposes of characters out of order and at different times, unexpectedly. That's what war is like. My favourite directors are ones you can't trust."

Inglourious Basterds opens across North America on Aug. 21


Oy vey iz mir!
I like this comment left by someone (if you click on the link):

"So this is what the democracies apparantly fought the evil of nazism for eh Eli...so that repugnant moral vacuums like Eli Roth and Tarantino could produce such gems of cinema as Hostel and Inglorious Basterds...where I guess it's just fine to make your living exploiting disgusting levels of violence disguised as entertainment. Hey Eli, if you and Quentin really want to be edgy and take risks in cinema as you say in the article, why not consider an ultra-violent movie about a bunch of Palestinians in 1948 scapling members of the Irgun in retaliation for the massacre at Deir Yassin, or maybe a starvation-ravaged pack of Ukranians scalping Kaganovitch's Bolshevik executioners in 1933...I didn't think so...wouldn't want to get too edgy or push the boundaries too far eh Eli...stick with teenagers getting drills in their nipples and leave significant cinematic questions of violence, redemption, forgiveness, retribution etc to other more gifted directors with a concience."
tarantino is a chump> never was a huge fan. sure ill get fried for this. but i need more in a film then stupid violence and idiot lines. the only movie he did that i liked and didn't look at my watch 5 times in was resevoir dogs.a great film>
all others
bore me. even kill bill was too logn and just pretty dumb.
this one i dont even want to see because im not a jew and dont like jewish fantasy. lived with one for years i know all about it. thank you very much.
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Wow I am glad I read this I thought it was just a war movie now I know not to waste my money on this crazy jew farce.
I've never watched a Tarantino film and never felt like I was missing anything.
(08-17-2009, 11:42 PM)DrBombay Wrote: I've never watched a Tarantino film and never felt like I was missing anything.

You haven't been.
Taratino paired with Robert rodriguez and the last two installments of El Mariachi legend. I will give him credit for that and his cartoonish parody of Gringoeveryman in Desperado. "Mooochos Graceeeasss."[uulmp, gulp]
An interesting coincidence, Blame it on Zoltan (or whatever that spastic Semitic-Bond spoof was named) and now this. I think that we are looking at two sides of the same coin.

I wonder why the need to interject Jewish spy prowess into the popular culture at this moment. Perhaps because the Mossad got its intelligence butt kicked so recently??
Wow.  What a revealing piece.  I think it clearly demonstrates how far apart Jewish values are from Christian.  Yet we have so many Judaizing Christians who think they have so much to learn from the Jews.  If you want to learn to view mercy and forgiveness as weakness and hate and vengeance as virtue, then Judaize away.

By the way, I don't see what's so bold and risky about making a movie where the Nazis are the bad guys.  How ground-breaking!
Munich was a cool movie. that sort of ran along similar themes, i guess. except it was for real. but just the whole revenge thing, you know. tarantino seems to me like somebody really stupid who thinks he's really smart. i don't really like his films, used to in the ol' days n all, but nt once i saw this side of 18 lol.
i'd like to see a film that shows a group of germans, just following orders and doing what they have been told is their duty, who aren't necessarily evil war criminals, just regular ordinary guys. something a bit like the truth, really. cos for most of em that was the truth of it.
or is it anti-semitic to say that? Sticking tongue out at you
what do i care, i openly proclaim my antisemitism anyway lol  ;D

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