If there is any current Oscar-nominated director who should kick off a talk about cinematic influences, as Patrick Goldstein points out for LA Times' The Big Picture, its Quentin Tarantino. He's the go-to movie geek filmmaker who saturates his films with a mixture of cinematic history and Tarantino twists, and Inglourious Basterds is no exception. But homages and geek love are a double-edged sword, as the director pointed out when he discussed the films that inspired him to make his recent piece of revisionist history.

Tarantino explains: "Here's my problem with this whole influence thing: Instead of critics reviewing my movies, now what they're really doing is trying to match wits with me. Every time they review my movies it's like they want to play chess with the mastermind and show off every reference they can find, even when half of it is all of their own making." The writer that really got under his skin was Salon's Stephanie Zacharek, who had a lot of criticisms for the blood fest known as Kill Bill.

But he still managed to gush about some of Inglorious' key influences. There is, of course, the opening homage to The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, plus a number of influences for each of his actors. For example, Shosanna Dreyfus was seeing flicks about "people fighting behind enemy lines" with films like Operation Amsterdam, and Michael Fassbender was thrust into the world of George Sanders and The Saint.
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