Lawrence Bender and Inglourious Basterds

Lawrence Bender is an American film producer most known for his work with Oscar winning director Quentin Tarantino. Lawrence Bender graduated from the University of Maine in 1979 with a degree in civil engineering, but he soon realized that his true passion was for cinema. Lawrence Bender has produced three films that were nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, and Inglourious Basterds.

Inglourious Basterds was released in 2009 and was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture (Lawrence Bender), Best Director (Quentin Tarantino), and Best Original Screenplay (Quentin Tarantino). Christoph Waltz won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Colonel Hans Landa in the film. The film was both a critical and commercial success, and currently holds a rating on 88% on the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. Inglourious Basterds ended up grossing over $300 million at the worldwide box office, quadrupling its estimated budget of $75 million.

The film follows a diverse cast of characters in Nazi-occupied France during the later years of the Second World War. The film opens with the heroine, Shosanna Dreyfus, narrowly escaping death at the hands of Colonel Hans Landa, an SS agent tasked with rooting out Jewish refugees hidden in rural France. Year’s later; Shosanna works under an assumed identity at a cinema in German occupied Paris. She sees a perfect opportunity for revenge when Fredrick Zoller, a bright-eyed German war hero, takes an interest in her and arranges for a large movie premiere to occur at her humble cinema. Due to the importance of the premier, a majority of the Nazi brass is due to attend, which catches the attention of Lieutenant Aldo Raine and his team of Jewish-America guerilla soldiers, known as the “Basterds”. Violence and hilarity ensue, and the film comes to a bloody and tumultuous end in traditional Tarantino fashion.

Inglourious Basterds is yet another example of Lawrence Bender doing what he does best, choosing a great creative team and putting them in the best possible position to succeed. The results often speak for themselves.

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