[quote=“Col. Crazy Kenneth”]I never thought about the Milk=not kosher-thing. Is milk really an absoulte NO-NO for the Jews?[/quote]
Milk on its own is kosher. Some of the stricter guidelines have to do with making sure that the animal it came from was “pure” in some sense, and mixing dairy foods with meat is one of the most basic kosher “no-nos,” but there isn’t any general ban on milk or cream. So I don’t think that had anything to do with this scene…besides, many Jewish families at the time in Western Europe were fairly assimilated and might not have even kept kosher (Eastern European Jews tended to be more traditional). Shoshana’s family could easily have been among the less traditional types.
In any event, I think what this scene was really about was showing another example of Landa’s methods for keeping the people he questions off-balance. As mentioned in the
Sight and Sound QT interview linked in another thread here, in the first sequence of the film, switching to English was partly a way for Landa to keep Lapadite somewhat on edge, and the pipe thing was also part of that. Tarantino mentioned it to Waltz as a possible explanation for the huge pipe, that Landa knew about Lapadite’s pipe before the interview, and thus decided to bring a gigantic one to keep Lapadite in his place. Waltz got excited and agreed that this was exactly the way he would approach the character.
So I think the cream/strudel business is the same sort of thing. Landa knows that she’s nervous, and while he puts on a show of telling her to relax (which he also did with Lapadite), he keeps her off guard in the middle of the questioning by making her wait for the server to return with the cream. And while the glass of milk thing strikes the audience very strongly, as it does Shoshana, QT sets it up so it doesn’t
have to be about Landa recognizing her (which I don’t think he does, since he never saw her face when she escaped from the farm, as cyber-lili said upthread). Namely, it fits in with his method of controlling the interaction with the other person: he’s going to order for her, and he’s also going to make it a bit weird (how many people order milk in a restaurant?), just to keep her off balance. It’s how he deals with everyone he interviews.