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Quentin Tarantino’s Jewish joke

by Danielle Berrin

July 29, 2009 | 2:48 pm

Critics by and large have decided Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” pretty much stinks. Whether that’s a comment on the filmmaking itself or its gut-wrenching content is hard to determine before its August 21 release. But the idea of Brad Pitt starring in a Jewish revenge fantasy about a gory slaughter of Nazis directed by the king of gratuitous movie “pulp” has proven irresistible to media buzz. So bad as critics say the movie is, it’s provoking some interesting insights, like the following tidbit from the New York Post.

From Page Six:

QUENTIN Tarantino has a twisted sense of humor. First, he cast his pal Eli Roth, director of the “Hostel” torture-porn movies, as a bat-wielding soldier who clubs Nazis to death in his new World War II flick, “Inglourious Basterds.” Then, he got Roth to direct scenes of a fictional Nazi film supposedly directed by Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels that’s part of the plot. “Quentin got the Jewish director to do the Nazi propaganda film,” an amused Roth tells next month’s GQ. “[And] I thought I’d never do anything more disgusting than ‘Hostel II.’”

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Danielle Berrin writes the Hollywood Jew blog, a cutting edge, values-based take on the entertainment industry for jewishjournal.com. A Los Angeles Times profile dubbed her...

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