There are elements of a Quentin Tarantino film you can always count on -- upturning genre conventions, strong female characters, extended conversational detours, and forceful violence. Right from its engaging, nail-biting beginning, Inglourious Basterds
overflows with QT's signature style.
The opening scene in question involves Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) -- nicknamed "the Jew Hunter" because of his uncanny work during the nascent Nazi occupation of France -- interrogating a French farmer on the whereabouts of his missing Jewish neighbors. Like the infamous Christopher Walken/Dennis Hopper showdown in True Romance, their conversation ...