[quote=“skip wiley”] [quote]Do you think that Landa knew who Shosanna was when he met her for the first time. I didn’t think so, I just thought it was a sad coincidence that he orders her milk. I wonder now, it may very well be. [/quote]
While I think it is interesting to surmise he knew, I personally don’t think he did. I think Landa is actually working on two levels: (1) an near-omniscient & all-knowing self, and (2) the human vessel who relishes in doing the job well, toying with prey, etc. I think this “all-knowing” self had a glimpse of Shosanna’s true identity, but his “human vessel” couldn’t connect the dots (perhaps BECAUSE he enjoys toying with his prey so much, and didn’t want to connect the dots). This latter part could be the same part that took pleasure it not pulling the trigger.
Of course, Landa is too smart for his own good. He assumes the same level of operation from his rivals (Aldo), and in the end this works against him…
[quote]To be fair I think, while Landa may be son of a bitch, he did end the war. A swastika carved into his head is a fair balance to his saving countless lives and all the deaths he’s caused before.[/quote]
…but as you say, he ends up ending the war! This may be a stretch, but to run with my theory above: it is almost as if the subconscious “all-knowing” component of Landa plays a trick on the “human vessel” part of his identity, and makes him think he can actually manufacture such an elaborate traitor-ism. He fails, of course – and must wear the mark of his over-smartness, but a greater purpose is served. A stretch, perhaps, but very fun to think about.[/quote]
I didn’t think he failed. He did end the war and will presumably get all the things he demanded. The swastika might be a little awkward (sarcasm) in starting a new life, but the alternative would not be a desirable one.