Monday, 17 August 2009

[229] Inglourious Basterds Press Conferences: Quentin Tarantino, et al

Here are the last two articles from my coverage of Inglourious Basterds. These were two press conferences, held at Claridges. One with Quentin Tarantino, the other with Lawrence Bender, Christoph Waltz and Diane Kruger. It was fascinating seeing Tarantino in the flesh, and quite intriguing to hear Waltz and Kruger talk about their take on the film. Check out the pieces below.

Quentin Tarantino is a force unto himself. Whether you are a fan of his work or not, it is hard to deny that he has been a key figure, and recognisable personality, in the cinema landscape for the last 20 years. His latest film, Inglourious Basterds, trains his left field, stylish, post-modern sights on World War II. He was recently in London for the film's premiere, and, when not being spotted browsing in HMV or gallavanting around Soho, he attended a press conference at the achingly posh Mayfair hotel Claridges.

Slightly at-odds with the grandeur of the French Salon venue, QT strolled in dressed in jeans and a casual shirt, saying excitedly, “Hi, everybody! Thanks for coming!” Settling down, Tarantino motor-mouthed his way through the long genesis period for Inglourious Basterds, his complex line of influences for the film, and his musical choices, as well as his approach to writing a crazy, history-defying war movie that, in his eyes, sticks on the conservative side of indulgence.

Self-deprecating, open, yet still fiercely confident, Tarantino is a veritable film encyclopedia, throwing out plenty of candidates for numerous prospective film marathons. Check out our transcript below, with questions slightly altered, in order to be less sycophantic - and, caution, there be spoilers ahead.

Read the full article here.


Quentin Tarantino's latest flick, the World War II movie Inglourious Basterds, is almost upon us. Recently, the cast were in London for the premiere of the film, and cast members Diane Kruger (Bridget von Hammersmark) and Christoph Waltz (Colonel Hans 'The Jew Hunter' Landa) conducted a press conference with producer and long-time Tarantino collaborator Lawrence Bender.

The trio fielded questions from the assembled journos that ranged from the usual queries about the protracted production period, to the German actors' individual takes on the WW2-set film. Bender and Kruger, both charismatic and broadly charming, were nonetheless slightly overshadowed by Cannes Best Actor Award-winner Waltz, whose dry, dark, yet modest, sensibility made him an interesting, unconventional press conference attendee. Read on for the full transcript, but be warned, there are a few (not major) spoilers ahead.

Read the full article here.

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