Located 12 km northwest of Paris, the Fort of Cormeilles was the setting for the cult scene inInglourious Basterds in which the Jewish Bear, Sergeant Donny Donowitz (Eli Roth) kills the SS sergeant with a baseball bat.
A German soldier witnessed a massacre of Wehrmacht officers and soldiers. He immediately refers the matter to Adolf Hitler (Martin Wuttke). He begins to tell the Führer about the bloody scene.
He met a group of men forming a commando. Known as the Basterds, it is composed of eight Jewish American soldiers. Their goal was to terrorize the Germans by perpetuating bloody crimes. They ambush them, kill them and scalp them.
During the massacre, the young soldier was left unharmed to testify to the senior officers. Earlier, the Basterds carved a swastika on his forehead. This punishment is then indelible for him.
The film grossed $321,455,689 at the worldwide box office.
Eli Roth was commissioned by Quentin Tarantino to make Nation’s Pride, the Nazi propaganda film supposedly made by Joseph Goebbels. Footage from this 5:30 minute short was inserted into Inglourious Basterds, notably in the cinema of Shosanna Dreyfus / Emmanuelle Mimieux (Mélanie Laurent). To help him in his task, Eli Roth was joined by his brother Gabriel. The actor is a regular of the realizations, he turned about fifteen of them for the cinema or the television.
Fort de Cormeilles-en-Parisis
Built between 1874 and 1877, the fort of Cormeilles-en-Parisis was an important artillery building designed to protect the capital.
A garrison of over 1,000 men, including 36 officers and accompanied by 14 horses, was established in the fort of Cormeilles-en-Parisis. It was equipped with anti-aircraft guns during the First World War to shoot down the Zeppelins that came to bomb Paris.
Retired from its military function since 1997, it is currently managed by the association “Amis du Fort de Cormeilles” (“Friends of Cormeilles Fort”). This one ensures the safeguarding and the restoration of it. Film shoots and artists’ workshops provide the necessary funds for the maintenance and the various building sites.
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