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Quentin Tarantino Explains Song Choices on “Inglourious Basterds” Soundtrack

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Quentin Tarantino is known to put together offbeat and memorable soundtracks for his films, and the director says that once again, he used his own record collection as inspiration for his latest release, “Inglourious Basterds.”

 

The Nazi-themed movie features music by Ennio Morricone as well as tunes from German propaganda films. But perhaps the most surprising choice is the use of David Bowie’s “Cat People (Putting Out the Fire)” during a scene in which the heroine of the film gets ready to burn the heads of the Third Reich in a movie theater.

 

“I’ve always loved that song and I was always disappointed at how [director] Paul Schrader used it in ‘Cat People,’ because he didn’t use it — he just threw it in the closing credits,” Tarantino explained. “And I remember back then, when ‘Cat People’ came out, going, ‘Man, if I had that song, I’d build a 20-minute scene around it. I wouldn’t throw it away in the closing credits.’ So I did.” [Billboard.com]

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