Kill Wilhelm

First there was Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan. Then Spike Lee directed Miracle at St. Anna. Now, following the new fashion for WWII films, Quentin Tarantino gives us Inglourious Basterds, an homage to the 1978 Italian film Inglorious Bastards (a.k.a Quel Maledetto Treno Blindato) about a group of unsavory American soldiers who are shipped off, Dirty Dozen-style, to a military prison for various crimes, and become commandos with the mission to disrupt the Nazi war machine by killing Nazis. Quentin being Quentin, his version is loaded with cartoon violence against the commandos’ Nazi foes–a veritable Kill Wilhelm. Here’s the trailer, if you want to see Brad Pitt as the leader.
    Tarantino also has an eerie series of film posters ready to roll. (Thanks to Mirko Ilic for sending them along.) I like them. What do you think about the imagery? And while we’re talking about them, what do you think of American film posters in general? Are they high on the design ladder or low? Tell me in the comments!

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About Steven Heller

Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes a weekly column for The Atlantic online and is the "Visuals" Columnist for the New York Times Book Review. He is also the author of over 160 books on design and visual culture. And he is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.

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