Inglourious Basterds (2009) takes the best of various approaches to war movies and combines them into an entertaining, shocking, and serious film about one of the worst tragedies in human history. Make no mistake, this Lawrence Bender movie is characteristic of what has become termed “guy movies”. It is filled with action, one-liners, and some typical aspects of characters that make up “Hollywood” commando units. As fantastic as some of the story is, the fundamental plot of war crimes and the disappearance of priceless artwork during World War II is very real.
There is comedy behind the darkness. Intrigue accompanies the aspect of the story about the historically significant pieces of art. Love and compassion also make their way into character development. The overriding theme is heroism and bravery. Maybe this was the primary objective of Inglourious Basterds. In a time where the Internet and social media have transformed society, human beings need to revisit their roots which laid the foundation for today’s success.
We have become a more intellectual and status seeking society. The era of the movie was about survival, not just for life, but for freedom of thought and our treasured history. The art has both real importance and symbolic significance. Without it, we would lose what we learned about ourselves in the past and a bit of our soul.
Lawrence Bender’s movies seem to always be challenging the status quo to grow and develop. Pioneering filmography usually takes precedence over his progressive artistic expression. Inglourious Basterds can be considered a change of pace for Lawrence Bender. His attempt to foster understanding and bring awareness to the masses is veiled within a typical action movie.
Lawrence Bender, a lifetime environmental and political activist, was born in New York City. His career in film was preceded by an injury as a ballet dancer. He went on to captivate viewers with the iconic Reservoir Dogs (1992) and An Inconvenient Truth (2006). Lawrence Bender produced 3 films that were nominated for best picture and is known for intriguing fans by taking on small movie roles in his productions.