Inglorious Controversy

Tarantino’s latest pic causes problems in the Fatherland…

A leaked script of Quentin Tarantino’s World War II drama ‘Inglorious Bastards’ is already stirring up controversy for scenes of vengeful Americans bashing, scalping, shooting and strangling German soldiers.

What began as an Internet murmur here went mainstream with a recent article by Tobias Kneibe, film editor of the Suddeutsche Zeitung, who predicted the project could have an explosive effect similar to that of Tom Cruise’s ‘Valkyrie,’ which has been savaged in the German media even though it won’t hit theatres until 2009.

“All the German historians and critics who were left gasping for breath by Tom Cruise and his worthy attempts will be so shocked by ‘Inglorious Bastards’ that they will savage it on the spot,” Kniebe wrote.

Even though he personally likes the script, Kneibe said that “the collision between Tarantino-style pop culture with the themes of the Holocaust and Jewish revenge (the ‘Bastards’ of the film are Jewish-American Nazi hunters) is unprecedented in Germany and its results are completely unpredictable.”

What do you think; has  Tarantino bitten off more than he can chew?