Inglourious Basterds Chapter One

First chapter.

Chapter One (full name Chapter One - Once upon a time... in Nazi-occupied France) is the first chapter in the film.


  • The opening theme is taken from the pseudo-folk ballad "The Green Leaves of Summer", which was composed by Dimitri Tiomkin and Paul Francis Webster for the opening of The Alamo (1960).
  • The first take of the film, where we see a lone house on a hill, with trees, and with fading subtitles is similar to the intro of the 1965 film The Sound of Music (5 minutes in the film).[1]
  • The opening is also similar to the opening of Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven.[2]
  • The title of the first Chapter points out the main reference of Sergio Leone's 1968 Western Once Upon A Time In The West by Sergio Leone. The first scenes of the movie are also a reference to Leone's film. In the film, the tranquility of a family living in an isolated farm is abruptly interrupted by a unwelcomed "visit". The plot is also similar, because in both films a family is massacred.[3]
  • The first scenes are also reminiscent of another film by Leone, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; both Landa and Angel Eyes ("the Bad") are seen arriving from a distance in similarly composed shots. The heart in both sequences is also echoed in that both are tense interrogation sequences: Landa talking to LaPadite and Angel Eyes with the Mexican farmer.[4]
  • When talking about the nickname that the locals had attributed to him, Landa mentions "the Executioner of Prague" (Der Henker von Prag), Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich had gained such a name because of the bloody repression that was usually ordered to eliminate anti-German resistance in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, of which he was governor.
  • The scene with the eyes of the family members of Shosanna seen from under the floor is reminiscent of the Bride, when she is sealed inside the wooden coffin in Kill Bill vol.2.
  • The technique of shooting from above, The God's Eye POV, is used briefly in the opening scene at LaPadite's farm (when Landa realizes that someone is still alive under the wooden floor). This technique is used several times in both volumes of Kill Bill.
  • When Landa comes to the door of LaPadite's house to take aim at the fleeing Shosanna, the image is reminiscent of the final scene of the 1956 film The Searchers by John Ford.
  • This chapter was parodied by CollegeHumor into a "Grammar Nazi" sketch, where Colonel Hans Landa corrects LaPadite's grammatical mistakes to his increasing frustration, whilst searching for Soshanna Dreyfus.


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