So Inglorious Basterds opens with one of the most tense scenes ever in which the French farmer Perrier Lapadite is interrogated by the surprisingly friendly and gregarious SS Col. Hans Landa. Towards the end of the interview, Landa takes off his mask and is a serpent, but he promises Lapadite that his family will come to no harm so long as he cooperates.
Totaly speculation because we’re never shown what came next, but do you think Landa kept his word? Certainly his life from this point up is quite messed up: his house has been shot up, people have been murdered in his crawl space, and at very minimum there’s a red flag by his name in official records of the Reich, but, do you think Landa ahd him arrested/killed/further harassed or that he kept his word and left him alone afterward?
He’s a complex character. On the one hand, he’s a vicious murderer who admits he enjoys hunting Jews and would not hesitate to have the Lapadite girls gang raped and the father flayed alive and then all of them burned to death for the hell of it if it so pleased him. And, he let Shoshana live almost for sport; he could easily have had his men track her down. On the other hand, he’s super efficient and practical, and if the word gets out that “He’ll kill you in a heartbeat fro lying to him, but he will leave you alone if you cooperate- he did Lapadite” then it really will make his job go easier.
Which way do you think he went? (Just curious.)