Includes Tracks from Ennio Morricone, David Bowie, Billy Preston, Lalo Schifrin & More!
Long believed to be a remake of the 1977 Italian war movie Quel Maledetto Treno Blindato aka Inglorious Bastards by Enzo Castellari, the project turned out to be 100% Tarantino cinephilia. An exciting story set during WW2, but it is not a movie "about WW2" (Brad Pitt). It is partly a homage to the 1977 film (eg. the title similarity) and various other American and Italian "men on a mission" World War II movies like The Guns of Navarone, Where Eagles Dare, The Dirty Dozen and Five For Hell. It is also heavily influenced by French New Wave cinema, Spaghetti Westerns and pre-war German cinema.
Inglourious Basterds begins in German-occupied France, where Shosanna Dreyfus (Mélanie Laurent) witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz). Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris, where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema.
Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) organizes a group of Jewish soldiers to engage in targeted acts of retribution. Known to their enemy as "The Basterds," Raine's squad joins German actress and undercover agent Bridget Von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) on a mission to take down the leaders of The Third Reich. Fates converge under a cinema marquee, where Shosanna is poised to carry out a revenge plan of her own.
About The Music:
Since 1960, Ennio Morricone has scored over 400 films working with many Italian and international directors (among whom Sergio Leone, Gillo Pontecorvo, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Roland Joffè). His most famous films include: The Battle Of Algiers; Sacco and Vanzetti; Cinema Paradiso; The Legend Of 1900, Malena; The Untouchables, Once Upon A Time In America; The Mission and U-Turn. His absolute music production includes over 100 pieces composed since 1946 to this day.
In the recording field, Morricone has received 27 Golden Records, 7 Platinum Records, 3 Golden Plates and the Critica discografica award for the music of the film Il Prato. The soundtrack from the film The Good, The Bad and The Ugly has been included in the list of inductees for the Grammy Hall of Fame 2009.
"...[E]very cut here is interesting, sometimes wonderful -- the Morricone is vivid, as are the obscure soundtrack selections from Charles Bernstein and the Film Studio Orchestra -- and once you've dialed into QT's wavelength, this soundtrack does provide plenty of pleasure." - Stephen Thomas Erlewine, allmusic.com
The Film Studio Orchestra
1. The Green Leaves of Summer - Nick Perito
2. The Verdict (Dopo la Condanna) - Ennio Morricone
3. White Lightning (Main Title) - Charles Bernstein
4. Slaughter - Billy Preston
5. The Surrender (La Resa) - Ennio Morricone
6. One Silver Dollar (Un Dollaro Bucato) - The Film Studio Orchestra
7. Davon Geht Die Welt Nicht Unter - Zarah Leander
1. The Man With The Big Sombrero - Samantha Shelton and Michael Andrew
2. Ich Wollt Ich Waer Ein Huhn - Lilian Harvey and Willy Fritsch
3. Main Theme From Dark Of The Sun - Jacques Loussier
4. Cat People (Putting Out The Fire) - David Bowie
5. Tiger Tank - Lalo Schifrin
6. Un Amico - Ennio Morricone
7. Rabbia e Tarantella - Ennio Morricone