'Bastards' portrayals draw fire in Germany


Seems you can't even be nasty to Nazis anymore.

A leaked script of Quentin Tarantino's World War II drama "Inglorious Bastards" is stirring up controversy for scenes of vengeful Americans bashing, scalping, shooting and strangling German soldiers.

What began as an Internet murmur here went mainstream with a recent article by Tobias Kniebe, film editor of the Suddeutsche Zeitung, who predicted that the project could have an explosive effect similar to that of Tom Cruise's "Valkyrie," which has been savaged in the German media even though it won't hit theaters until next year.

"All the German historians and critics who were left gasping for breath by Tom Cruise and his worthy attempts will be so shocked by 'Inglorious Bastards' that they will savage it on the spot," Kniebe wrote.

More potential fuel for the fire: Tarantino's pulp fiction version of German history will almost certainly get German state financing. Germany's DFFF film fund gives automatic tax breaks for local shoots, and "Bastards" is set to shoot almost entirely at Studio Babelsberg outside Berlin.

Producers the Weinstein Co. declined comment.