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Chapter Four - Location
After a ten-year writing period and a fourteen-week pre-production, filming of INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS began on October 9, 2008 in the small German town of Bad Schandau, near the Czech border. The film was shot almost entirely in sequence, beginning with the terrifying standoff between Perrier Lapadite and Hans Landa at the Lapadite Farm. The location was chosen for the rolling landscape and the unusual presence of buttes, which are also characteristic of the topography of the American West.

The Lapadite Farm interior, the cinema interior, and the "La Louisiane” interior were all built on stages at Berlin's Studio Babelsberg. The ninety-seven-year-old studio was home to UFA (Universum Film AG), the studio behind many of Germany's most famous films. The studio enjoyed a rebirth in the mid-1990s, when stages were refurbished and new buildings were erected. Slowly, the studio became the hub of European film production. In 2000, THE PIANIST, which was filmed at Babelsberg, won three Oscars®. Notable productions like THE CONSTANT GARDENER, THE BOURNE SUPREMACY, THE COUNTERFEITERS and THE READER followed. 

Shosanna's theater was also recreated at Babelsberg. Both the Los Angeles Theater and the Vista Theater were inspiration for the resulting space with a modernistic, Deco look which was en-vogue in the 30's. "We morphed it all together, but we were doing a French cinema. The exterior was constructed on Babelsberg's back lot, and the lobby and interior were created on the Marlene Dietrich stage. A duplicate of the stage was also created at an abandoned cement factory an hour outside of Berlin.

"Babelsberg is an exciting place for filmmakers. We offer wide range of services from stage construction to prop rental but also to co-productions and investment opportunities for filmmakers,” co-producer Henning Molfenter says of the facility. 

Following their time at the Lapadite Farm, the production relocated to Berlin. "I first got to Berlin and checked out all of the sites from the war which are all still intact. There are still bullet holes in the walls of buildings. You can still see remnants of the war everywhere. Some of the places that we used as locations were real Nazi forts that Hitler built,” Doom says of his experience in the city. 

We see The Basterds in action in a wooded area that was part of Fort Hahneberg, which was built in 1888 but never actually used. The space was closed after WWII and reopened in 1990. The overgrown, wooded ravine was the perfect setting for the Basterds to confront their enemies and make good on the "one hundred scalp promise” that gains the Basterds their reputation.

Laurent, Brühl and the crew traveled to Paris to shoot a small scene in a French Bistro just before the production took a break for the holidays.

"One of our references for the search was a Claude Chabrol movie called THE BLOOD OF OTHERS, which Quentin had us look at. Well we ended up finding the location that the director used for that movie, and that was the clincher. It was a homage to Claude Chabrol.” 

"I must say I was very happy to be part of the only scene shot in Paris,” Brühl says. "You can tell that it's real—that it's not a movie set. It's one of the most beautiful cities I know in the world. The atmosphere was just great because it was before the Christmas break so everybody was happy to be there for a couple of days. And the food was excellent. The French catering was spectacular.”

On the heels of that very cool party, the crew parted ways for the holidays and reconvened in 2009 for the film's breathtaking fifth and final chapter.

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