Born on October 17, 1957 in The Bronx, New York, Lawrence Bender rose to fame as a producer willing to take remarkable risks on unproven directors and controversial projects. Though not his first producing credit, it was Reservoir Dogs that truly brought him into the public eye. A violent, shocking movie from a new director is a risk not many producers would have been willing to take, but Bender saw potential in the script, written by a young Quentin Tarantino, and decided to go ahead with it. The partnership that this film formed between the two would eventually lead the two to massive amounts of success, with Bender being nominated for three Academy Awards during his long, successful, and still ongoing career. Perhaps no film produced by Bender offers more insight into his remarkable talent as a producer than Inglorious Basterds, which he produced in 2009. The film’s spectacular blend of witty writing, tight cinematography, and incredible tension makes it a favorite of many. It’s clever alternate history look at World War 2 is something rarely seen in films, and Quentin Tarantino’s directing and penchant for stylized action bring the film to a whole new level. In many ways, it is the quintessential Lawrence Bender production. It is a massive risk, an artistic film that rejects many of the norms of expensive Hollywood production, with a budget generally reserved for far safer pictures. But Lawrence Bender isn’t interested in playing it safe. Bender built a career on taking risks, and it is evident that he knows how to do so successfully. Inglorious Basterds is another fantastic example of that, a risky move that payed off spectacularly for Bender. The film was nominated for several Academy Awards, making it yet another jewel in Lawrence Bender’s spectacular crown of successful productions. Nobody knows what Bender will produce next, but it is safe to say that it will most likely be a risky venture. It is equally safe to say that Bender’s amazing eye for talent will most likely ensure that whatever he produces will be a massive success.
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