Intransaltable basterd

Some great English expressions look even better when sitting in the middle of an interview between Quentin Tarantino and Cahiers du cinéma. Some things you just can’t say in French:


bad ass (as in ‘j’imaginais Shosanna en Jeanne d’Arc juive. Elle etait bien plus bad ass’ — I imagined her as a Jewish Joan of Arc. She was much more bad ass.)

swamp (as in country music swamp)

deliver the goods (Cahiers gives the original but translates it as “tenir les promesses.”

(and my favorite….)

They’re fucked!


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