Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds

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This review may contain spoilers.

I have some thoughts on the strudel scene, a masterclass in suspense. Underneath the dialogue, there is a subtext on display that binds the tension. It's all in the symbolism. The milk represents Shosanna's life on the farm before she fled France after her near-death experience with Colonel Hans Landa. At the farm, Hans asked for a refreshing glass of milk and chugged it. Here, in this scene, he orders milk for Shosanna. When he orders dessert, he forgets to ask for cream and tells the waiter. Waiting, Shosanna attempts to try the strudel, but Hans insists that she wait for the cream–reminding her again of the farm. Hans offers her a cigarette, and she accepts it. However, the cigarettes are from Germany, and she has fallen into Landa's trap. She is smoking German soil, and Hans is in charge. At the end of their conversation, he cannot for the life of himself remember what he wanted to ask her. Then, he burns the cream on his strudel with the butt of his cigarette and spares her.

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