- “J'adore votre cinéma [I adore your cinema]”
- ―Frederick Zoller
The Le Gamaar cinema is a major location in the film's plot, if not the most important.
- 1 History
- 2 Notable locations
- 3 Trivia
- 4 Gallery
- 5 References
History[edit | edit source]
Chapter Three - GERMAN NIGHT IN PARIS[edit | edit source]
It is owned by Emmanuelle Mimieux, who by chance was met by Frederick Zoller who quickly grow an affection towards her. Zoller convinces Goebbels to move the venue of Stolz der Nation from The Ritz to Mimieux's cinema. This sudden change presents an opportunity for two separate plots to kill the Nazi leadership, by Mimieux herself, and by The Basterds through Operation Kino.
Chapter Five - REVENGE OF THE GIANT FACE[edit | edit source]
The cinema has already been decorated with Nazi symbols. All the High ranking Nazis have arrived. After Marcel locks the doors, he ignites the nitrate film rolls, setting the cinema on fire. A few minutes later the Basterds time bombs go off, killing everybody in the cinema. The cinema becomes ruins.
Notable locations[edit | edit source]
Auditorium[edit | edit source]
The Premiere of Stolz der Nation was interrupted by a clip of Shosanna Dreyfus , conveying a message to the Nazis that "they're all going to die". Not long after, the screen explodes. Hitler and Goebbels try to escape but are killed by The Basterds.
Bathroom[edit | edit source]
The bathroom is where Donny and Omar planned to burst in Hitler and Goebbels's opera box and kill them.
Lobby[edit | edit source]
Projector room[edit | edit source]
The room from where Shosanna projected the film. It's also the room where Shosanna and Frederick perish.
Screen room[edit | edit source]
The room behind the screen. Can be accessed from outside. It's the place where Shosanna placed most of the 350 film rolls. Marcel appears to have died here, after he lit the film rolls.
Shosanna's office[edit | edit source]
The place where Landa holds up Bridget von Hammersmark and eventually kills her.
Shosanna's room[edit | edit source]
The room where Shosanna dwells. It has a round window.
Store room[edit | edit source]
The place where Ada Mimieux stored her 350 film rolls.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- When Shosanna is talking to Marcel about her plan, you can see the posters of the L'assassin habite ... au 21 and Domino films.
- Shosanna's cinema was modeled after several cinemas in California but it were two famous film cinemas in Los Angeles that were the main inspiration: the Vista Cinema Silverlake, located at 4473 Sunset Drive in the eastern district of Hollywood and the Los Angeles Theater, located at 615 Broadway in the center of Downtown.
- The large round window in the chamber Shosanna is based on that in the 1947 movie The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (based on the novel "Bel Ami" by Guy de Maupassant).
- Inside Shosanna's office, a poster of the episodic 1915 film Les Vampires is seen.
- When Marcel exits the cinema and goes to the screen room, he passes in front of a huge poster of the film Un Chapeau de Paille d'Italie (1944) by Maurice Cammage.
- Some promotional images (and a deleted scene seen in a trailer) portray the cinema The Gamaar with programming of the fake film "L'Homme Au Grand Sombrero" by Maurice Valerie with Yvette Micheaux and Leonide La Cava. This is another reference to the comedy Hi Diddle Diddle.
- The movie theater is lit entirely by fluorescent lighting; such technology was unavailable during World War II except for the war effort (i.e. lighting factories).
- The highly flammable nitrate film of the period plays a major role in the film's showdown. However, in the projection booth, projectors are show with visible running film reels, which would have been totally unthinkable at that time. All projectors were equipped with fire proof boxes in which the reels would run. These boxes had only small windows for the projectionist to check for the amount of run off or taken up film. If the film started burning, only the few inches actually running through the mechanics would be affected, not the major portions in the fire proof boxes.
- The cinema seen in the Battalion 1944 (2019) game is modeled after the Le Gamaar cinema.