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Mélanie Laurent: the real star of Inglourious Basterds

Christoph Waltz hogged the glory and won the Oscar. But I'm putting my money on Laurent, an actor and film-maker who could become the biggest French export since Juliette Binoche

Last year, Quentin Tarantino released his Inglourious Basterds, and despite being in many ways this director's number one fan I couldn't hide my disappointment with it. However, I hope I've got the good grace to concede Tarantino's remarkable flair for picking and bringing on new talent. All the world knows how the movie made a star of Christoph Waltz. This is also true of Mélanie Laurent, who played the fugitive Jewish woman Shosanna Dreyfus who was being pursued by Waltz's creepy SS "Jew hunter". Laurent had appeared in a number of films before this, but Ib was the real breakthrough. Her father, Pierre Laurent, is incidentally also a professional actor who dubs the voice of Ned Flanders in French broadcasts of The Simpsons.

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