Alternate Endings: Inglourious Basterds
I was disappointed with the ending for Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, so I wrote my own ending.
Here it is:
Everyone know that Tarantino’s concept for Inglourious Basterds was a spaghetti western set in WWII. Likewise, everyone knows that the opening scene is an “homage” to a scene in Once Upon a Time in the West. However, few, if any, have pointed out that the ties between the two films extend well beyond this “homage.” Hence, this brief edition of Double Features.
Double Features: Inglourious Basterds and Once Upon a Time in the West
Mélanie Laurent’s character in Inglourious Basterds combines the Charles Bronson and Claudia Cardinale characters of Once Upon a Time in the West. Family massacres and revenge connect them. Laurent inherits her cinema from her massacred family just as Cardinale inherits property when her family is slaughtered.
Christoph Waltz is the equivalent of Henry Fonda’s character. Waltz works for Hitler; Fonda works for railroad baron Morton. However, there is no scene featuring Waltz in Basterds that matches the shock caused by the revelation that blue-eyed Henry Fonda was responsible for the massacre of the McBain family in Leone’s film.
Brad Pitt and his gang are the equivalent of Jason Robards and his gang.
Just as Inglourious Basterds is derived from another film, i.e. Once Upon a Time in the West, Once Upon a Time in the West is derived from Johnny Guitar.