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Lawrence Bender’s Inglourious Basterds Still a Favorite

There are so many incredible films produced by Lawrence Bender, that it is difficult to nail down a favorite. While he rose to stardom in Hollywood for his work on Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction decades ago, Lawrence Bender has become only more impressive in his more recent work, including Inglourious Basterds. This 2009 hit follows a band of Jewish U.S. soldiers during World War II as they attempt an assassination on several Nazi leaders. The movie is set in France and details the plans for revenge by a Jewish refugee who is the target of a German soldier’s affection. The final showdown in the theater run by the refugee during a movie screening where all of the most prominent Nazis were expected to attend is one that viewers will not soon forget.

There is so much more than the brutality and realness of the violence in this movie that makes it one of the most memorable of all time. Bender does an amazing job of capturing the tensions during that era and the lengths at which dedicated men were willing to go to rid the world of one of the most evil regimes to ever exist. This is a lesson in history that cannot be gleaned from simply reading a history textbook. Lawrence Bender hits a home run with this film in bringing the viewer directly in the middle of the emotional and physical battle of characters willing to risk it all to rid the world of pure evil.

Lawrence Bender did not grow up in Hollywood. He comes from The Bronx and spent his childhood in New Jersey. Bender stayed on the East Coast for college and attended The University of Maine, which he still frequently speaks about with great fondness and admiration for the caliber of education. Even though he studied civil engineering, Bender was drawn to the arts. He spent some time training as a dancer, but a severe injury prematurely ended his career. Bender would become one of the most acclaimed producers of all time behind the camera, earning three Oscar nominations and many other awards.