Inglourious Basterds is a 2009 war film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger, Til Schweiger, and Melanie Laurent. The film tells the alternate history story of two plots to assassinate Nazi Germany’s leadership, one planned by Shosanna Dreyfus, a young French Jewish cinema proprietor, and the other by a team of Jewish American soldiers led by First Lieutenant Aldo Raine.
The Death of Stalin is a 2017 political satire comedy film written and directed by Armando Iannucci and co-written by David Schneider, Ian Martin and Peter Fellows. It stars Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, and Jeffrey Tambor, with Olga Kurylenko, Paul Chahidi, Dermot Crowley, Adrian McLoughlin, and Paul Whitehouse appearing in support roles. Based on the French graphic novel La mort de Staline, the film depicts the power struggle following the death of Soviet revolutionary and politician Joseph Stalin in 1953.
Inglourious Basterds entails a Jewish revenge fantasy that is told through a counter factual history of event in world war 2. This story is told with a completely different plot than what we came to know, we the audiences are now to force to question the idea and argument that often associated with world war II. Inglourious Bastards illustrate the life of the Jews during Nazi reign and constant terror they faced. They were terror through interrogation, threat, and abrupt violence and this film make sure to show it to the audience.
Armando Lanucci’s the death of Stalin was the funniest imperialism I’ve seen, if you think Stalinism wouldn’t be comedic, then Armando Lanucci’s here to prove you wrong. The fact, these well-known horrors of the Stalin regime is what make this film good. Watching lot of puffy bald men squabble with senifeldian pettiness while placing these murders of innocent give you laugh in revulsion at the fact that you’re laughing in the first place. This film is all about the soviet politburo comical scramble for succession after the end of Joseph Stalin.
The frolic of frazzle that ensues with this succession of force in the death of Stalin will be quite amusing, squeezed from its vivid novel origin of the same name made by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin. Also, this violent world of this true history being lampooned for laughs hangs around this display with a hint of creepiness you feel dirty after sharing hilarity with the distorted. “The death of Stalin proves to be very peculiar satire, in that the object of it ridicule is not always clear. The film character seems altogether too modern and western for it to function as an honest to god reckoning with Stalinism”.
Inaccuracies aside, The Death of Stalin is a vivid and hilarious irony. The fact that its dispersion has been censored in Russia is proof of its strength; it makes purpose that the cults of personality domesticated by Stalin and his latter-day copycats. The Britishness of the cast falls through in everything from their talks to their accents, wisely not changed into ridiculous faux-Russian. This is a Britcom, and it doesn’t profess to be anything else.
To any dedicated lover of Pulp Fiction, the first part of Inglourious Basterds feels frustratingly familiar. The forced hospitality, the menacing character waxing poetic about the quality of a common drink, this argument about the characters’ attitudes towards two species of creatures, the hyper-awareness of words — it all conspires to make a sense of déjà vu. Haven’t we heard that before? One of the hardest pictures in Inglourious Basterds was this setting in which various characters gathered in the cellar of a French tavern. The picture is tense, beautifully shot, and a major testament to Tarantino’s strengths as both a writer and as a director.
The Death of Stalin is a tight and mostly brilliant part of work. When this movie stays focused on Stalin’s inner circle, their bureaucratic infighting and scheming amongst each other, it’s corrosive, vulgar, and hysterical. It proves big laughs will be mined from the most appalling places and moments, if you take the stomach and heart for it. Almost no one in The Death of Stalin falls away easily, and this is as it should be. Stalin himself is depicted as a villainous and capricious lowlife; one who thought that the entire country should be created to provide to his whims. His thoughts were absurd, the needs that he put on others were grotesque and absurd, and the cost that could be given for not meeting those needs could be death itself.
Even when one eliminates the threat of destruction as a reaction to any act of civil disobedience in our own nation, one may readily distinguish what is, at this very least, a quasi-Stalinesque imbecile hovering over the remainder of us, intent on creating society dancing to his deranged tune. I could take what it might be like if Stalin got access to 21st century social media tools with which to make a population in thrall, but I believe we all have a working head first on divining this result, do we not?
“I could never take the eggs to take a comedy out of the ending of Stalin’s reign in the old Soviet Union. The biggest amazement of the Death of Stalin is not that Iannucci gives the balls to do that attack. The biggest astonishment is that he almost draws a Dr. Strangelove-level black comedy out of all this horror”.
In conclusion, you don’t have to love history to love these films and if anything, it may help if you don’t.