Hans Landa Gets His Dream House

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A new Samsung commercial running during the Olympics features Christoph Waltz, the Austrian actor who rose from obscurity in his fifties to win the Academy Award for his portrayal of the SS colonel Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds.” Many critics called his performance the greatest portrayal of a villain in cinematic history.

Fans of the film will recall how at the end Landa negotiates his surrender with the Allies, demanding, among other things, a home on Nantucket.

In the Samsung commercial, Waltz enacts a dozen scenarios depicting various aspects of American culture. In the final scene, he’s all prepped out in boat shoes, D-ring belt, polo shirt and sweater draped over his shoulders.

The house may not be on Nantucket, but it comes with a wholesome-looking family — and quintessentially American clothes. — CC

22 Comments on "Hans Landa Gets His Dream House"

  1. Correction: Christoph Waltz is Austrian.

  2. That figures. I wrote Austrian first then changed to Swiss without checking.

    Thanks. Will fix.

  3. No worries, happy to help.

  4. Mitchell S. | August 14, 2016 at 11:42 am |

    For $959 (price without contract) one could spend a week-end on Nantucket…fried clams and Bellinis included.

    Personally, if I had $1,000 to spend right now, I would shop at the Polo store for a new Fall wardrobe.

  5. I was in Polo last week and sure enough there’s one of his updated Ivy sportcoats: darted 3/2 roll with natural shoulder and patch pockets. A grand would just about cover it.

  6. Polo’s sport coats are “custom fit” which is a euphemism for trendy, slim fit. I wish they’d offer a normal fit, and as for price they always go on sale. I bought a Polo seersucker sport coat for 200$ down from 800$. Although, it has no Ivy trappings except for the fact that it’s seersucker.

  7. Herr Waltz went on to receive his second Oscar for his role as the itinerant dentist, Dr Schultz,
    in Django Unchained (2012)

  8. I found the Samsung advert to be extremely entertaining. I have never seen Inglorious Bastards but I will now. I hope it is better than his unfortunate portrayal as Ernst Stafro Blofeld. Actually, all of Spectre was unfortunate IMO.

    Regarding Polo, I visited Polo last week indirectly through my local thrift store. I bought the most beautiful suit I have ever owned. It is a blue label Polo Ralph Lauren in 100 percent cotton poplin in olive drab. The suit has patch pockets, hook vent, flat front trousers, very high lapel notches and breast pocket. Is the correct term swelled or lapped seams on the lapels? The coat has not even a hint of padding in the shoulders. I never purchase suits or sport coats that have only two buttons and darts but this one does. The top button is at the same position as a 3/2 roll suit would be. The darts do not take anything away from the sack drape of the coat. A trip to my tailor to take out the trousers two inches and add cuffs and I will have the ideal traditionalist suit. Being 6’3″, I wear long coats but this one is a regular. The sleeves are the perfect length and the coat ends at the first knuckle of my index finger which leads me to believe that this suit must date back at least to the ’90s. Cost of suit, tailor and dry cleaning will set me back less than $50.

    Good hunting gents,

    Will

  9. @sacksuit I believe the correct term is swelled edges in reference to the seam on the edges of Ivy sport coats. I also believe that lapped seam refers to a seam on the underside of the arms of an Ivy sport coat. Also, that’s a very good find I need to go thrift shopping more often. Where is the sport coat that you scored made?

  10. @ sack suit. Waltz strudel scene….brilliant!
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lydYhl1982Y

  11. The coat is Macau and the pants China. A difference without a distinction. I rather think the Samsung phone was made there as well. Sad.

    Will

  12. A Bridge Too Far | August 15, 2016 at 2:20 pm |

    Or maybe a difference with a distinction. Don’t know Macau, but do know China. People there are very industrious, very motivated. They work exceptionally hard, day in and day out. It’s not surprising they would produce the best suit you’ve ever owned. Kinda like the way America used to be before the Reagan-Bush eras of killing off the middle class. We haven’t recovered yet, but those who outsource to the “third world” do quite well, thank you very much. It’s why good suits come from China and Macau, not here.

  13. quoth Mr. Buckley,

    “I won’t insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said.”

    Will

  14. A Bridge Too Far | August 15, 2016 at 2:32 pm |

    Buckley went down once and for all when he offered to smash Gore Vidal’s face in 1968. Not an especially effective retort.

  15. It was goaded, according to DCG. Maybe he’ll chime in.

    I need to see that documentary.

  16. A Bridge Too Far | August 15, 2016 at 3:04 pm |

    Yes, watch the documentary. Once a crypto-Nazi always a crypto-Nazi …

  17. @Christian

    Mr. Buckley behaved just as any real man would after being called a Nazi. What is more, I believe Mr. Buckley could have taken Mr. Vidal. I think that many misunderstandings could and should be solved in the ring as a matter of honor. Just my humble opinion.

    Will

  18. Vidal knew how to get under Buckley’s skin, and when he managed to get a response he achieved victory in many people’s eyes. The ever-cool and bemused conservative commentator was exposed as a human being like all the rest of us, I think that’s all Vidal wanted.

    Best of Enemies is simply required watching, get to it folks!

  19. A Bridge Too Far | August 15, 2016 at 3:21 pm |

    “I think that many misunderstandings could and should be solved in the ring as a matter of honor. ”

    In my humble opinion, that’s a really lame defense: I don’t agree with you so I’ll smash your face. We’ve advanced far beyond that crude settling of differences, I would hope. You sound like you would have been more comfortable living in the Wild West in the 1870s. Is that a gun in our pocket or are you just …?

    Gore and Buckley nicely symbolized the state of the country in 1968. It wasn’t surprising that Buckley got violent and Gore won the debates. It was the beginning of the defeat of conservationism and the ascendancy of liberalism, the beginning of the defeat of force and oppression and the beginning of the ascendancy of real liberty and freedom for all. Although held back at times since 1968, the trajectory of where we are headed seems clear.

  20. We’re much more civilized now. Now it’s “I don’t agree with you so I’ll start a Change.org petition.”

  21. I believe that the prospect of being called on to explain oneself would cause men to weigh their words and actions more carefully which would make society more civilized.

    @Bridge

    I am afraid that the trajectory in which we are headed is clear-it looks like China, a real worker’s paradise. No thank you.

    Will

  22. A Bridge Too Far | August 15, 2016 at 4:09 pm |

    @Sacksuit

    Society has never been nor ever will be “civilized,” no matter how many explain themselves. Old utilitarian platitudes are, well, just old, JS Mill notwithstanding.

    You’ve never been to China, have you? The trajectory we are on isn’t going to China. Far from it. Illogical you would say that. The trajectory we are on is purely American — part of the grand experiment. Embrace it, as it can’t be any other way.

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