I See Cat People in Inglourious Basterds
David Bowie’s powerful goth-rock ballad, ‘Cat People (Putting out Fire)’ ignites Quentin Tarantino’s war film “Inglourious Basterds.” Tarantino masterfully uses ‘Cat People’ to frame Jewish farm girl Shosanna’s (Melanie Laurent) transformation from cheerless cinema owner to a homicidal resistance fighter. The 1982 film “Cat People,” starring Malcolm McDowell and Natassia Kinski, similarly uses the song to usher in Irena’s (Nastassia Kinski) explosive transformation from an inexperienced young lady to a passionate and dangerous sexual being.
The complete soundtrack to “Inglorious Basterds,” an American action/western film disguised as a World War II movie, is in stores now, and contains the following tracks:
1. The Green Leaves of Summer by Nick Perito.
2. The Verdict by Ennio Morricone.
3. White Lightning (Main Title) by Charles Bernstein.
4. Slaughter by Billy Preston.
5. The Surrender by Ennio Morricone.
6. One Silver Dollar by The Film Studio Orchestra.
7. Davon Geht Die Welt Nicht Unter – Zarah Leander
8. The Man With The Big Sombrero by Samantha Shelton and The Michael Andrew Orchestra
9. Ich Wollt Ich Waer Ein Huhn by Lilian Harvey and Willy Fritsch
10. Main Theme from Dark Of The Sun by Jacques Loussier
11. Cat People (Putting Out The Fire) by David Bowie
12. Tiger Tank by Lalo Schifrin
13. Un Amico by Ennio Morricone
14. Rabbia E Tarantella by Ennio Morricon
“Inglorious Basterds” is written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, and stars Brad Pitt, Melanie Laurent, Christopher Waltz, Eli Roth, Michael Fastbender, Diane Kruger, Daniel Bruhl, Jacky Ido, with an appearance by Mike Myers.
[Corrected: August 27, 2009] “Cat People” actress Nastassia Kinski’s name was misspelled Natassia as Kinkski in an earlier version of this article.