Germany embraces 'Inglourious Basterds'

Quentin Tarantino's most successful film in the country

COLOGNE, Germany -- Seems Germans don't mind when Quentin Tarantino mentions the war.

In just two weeks, Tarantino's pulpy take on World War II, "Inglourious Basterds," has vaulted past "Kill Bill Vol. 1" to become his most successful film ever in Germany.

According to figures released today by distributor Universal Pictures, "Basterds" German boxoffice has topped €8 million ($11.4 million) with more than 1 million tickets sold.

That compares to a €7.4 million take for "Kill Bill Vol. 1" back in 2003.

Despite its creative take on history and its scenes of Brad Pitt and his team of "Basterds" cracking skulls and taking Nazi scalps, the film has sidestepped any potential controversy in Germany. When the script to "Basterds" was first leaked on the Internet last year, there was a minor online furor here.

But German audiences have flocked to the picture, in part due to the strong lineup of local A-listers in the cast, which includes (Austrian-born) Christoph Waltz, Daniel Bruhl, Til Schweiger, August Diehl and Diane Kruger.
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