Inglourious Basterds is coming to Netflix tomorrow. A film I love, but also one I really enjoy for the soundtrack. In particular, David Bowie’s Cat People (Putting Out The Fire). A song I first became familiar with from that fabulous 1982 film Cat People starring Nastassja Kinski.
In Inglourious Basterds, however, director Quentin Tarantino uses Bowie’s Cat People (Putting Out The Fire) to absolutely stunning effect. Even more so than it was used during the end credits of Cat People.
That’s because he used the single version of the song, and ran the entire thing over the extended scene where Shosanna (Mélanie Laurent) is applying make-up as she gets ready to play out her plan of turning her movie theater into a Nazi death house.
In other words, “putting on her war paint” as my dad used to say, as she is definitely going to war.
All done with flashbacks of how she filmed the snippet she inserted into the Nazi-propaganda film telling the cinema full of Nazi VIPs they are about to be murdered by a Jew.
Listen to David Bowie’s Cat People (Putting Out The Fire) in that epic scene from Inglourious Basterds below. You can watch the film on Netflix starting July 22nd, 2019.