15 Subtle Details Fans Noticed About Hans Landa From 'Inglourious Basterds'

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Vote up the most interesting subtle details about the infamous Hans Landa.

Memorable villains can oftentimes remain in our minds for longer and more vividly than the films they actually appear in. Hans Landa, the Nazi Colonel who delights in the cat-and-mouse scenarios he creates while hunting down Jews across France, is most certainly one of these characters. Played by Christoph Waltz, Landa is devious and cruel, but with a cadence and affectation that comes off as courteous and civil. Beyond these enigmatic characteristics, fans have spotted some subtle details about Landa's word choices, mannerisms, and interrogation techniques that make him even more vile and mesmerizing than we already thought him to be.

Make sure to vote up the most interesting subtle details as you comb through this list!


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    914 VOTES

    Landa Uses The Cream To Test Shosanna

    From a Former Redditor:

    In Inglourious Basterds, Landa asks for Shosanna to wait for the cream to test if she is Jewish. As pastries were made with animal lard (fat) in WW2, the strudel would have been made with (most likely) pork fat. Jews can’t eat cream or meat that is not kosher.

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    507 VOTES

    Landa Intentionally Misspeaks In Italian

    Landa Intentionally Misspeaks In Italian
    Photo: Inglourious Basterds / The Weinstein Company

    From Redditor u/MeMelotti:

    In Inglourious Basterds (2009), after speaking Italian perfectly, Hans Landa suspects that they are American spies posing as Italians. To confirm his suspicions, he makes a mistake at the end to see if they would notice. Instead of saying, "It won't be hard to find," he says, “It won't be hard of find.”

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    749 VOTES

    Landa Subtly Checks The Daughter's Heart Rate

    Landa Subtly Checks The Daughter's Heart Rate
    Photo: Inglourious Basterds / The Weinstein Company

    From Redditor u/CosmoMercury:

    Inglourious Basterds: Hans Landa subtly checks the girl's pulse at the start.

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    Landa Gives Special Treatment To The Blonde-Haired Daughter

    From Redditor u/Clu23:

    In Inglorious Basterds (2009), in the opening scene, when Col. Landa enters the home, the farmer’s three daughters are lined up to greet him. Two daughters have brown hair/dark eyes, one has Aryan features. Waltz walks right past the first two and only greets the one with blonde hair and blue eyes.