“Basterds” for Haïti


While we’re on the topic of the campaign for“Inglourious Basterds” – which, in an extra-long awards season with extra-few surprises, seems to be the only one with any drama, which is why everyone is talking about it – let’s take a closer look at some of the promos that the mad geniuses of the Weinstein Company have been running. Saturday’s New York Times featured a full-page ad in the arts section for an exhibit of re-imagined “Inglourious” movie posters, created bysome street-cred-y graphic designers, autographed by Quentin Tarantino and sold to benefit earthquake relief in Haiti. Natural connection, right? “The movie that reminds you why you love movies has inspired others to create and give back” blares the ALL-CAPS copy above a series of stylized images ofHitler, screaming eagles, swastikas and Brad Pitt.

But wait, there’s one more head-snapper in the ad. While the original title design for the movie (and its original posters) featured the swastika in the word ‘Inglourious,’ in the ad, that symbol has been replaced with – wait for it, conspiracy theorists – a Star of David. And it’s surrounded by a circle that resembles laurel leaves, no less. Get it? In Mr. Tarantino’s (and Harvey Weinstein’s) version of reality, Jews win! A vote for “Inglourious Basterds” is a vote for Zionism! Donate to B’nai B’rith!

O.K., maybe we’re taking this a bit too far. We just got swept up in all this meshugenah drama, which in this cases feels a bit like Jewish guilt. The Bagger is going to stop typing and call our mom.

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