Cold War Inglorious Basterds
"Dirty Dozen" was "Inglorious Basterds" before "Inglorious Basterds", although I'm not saying that it can stand comparison with Tarantino's film, being somewhat more aimless in its narrative drive. There is, rather than an anti-authoritarian, an anti-system strain in its apologetic use of criminals and outcasts as war heroes, but this cuts both ways: it is after all a neat way of reappropriating them for the aims of the system and the plans of the generals, however maligned they are. And most of the outcasts are treated as free subjects exercising their subjectivity in the one compulsory direction of becoming tools, and accepting the risk of death, and they do die. Sounds like a pretty dose of authoritarianism and Cold War Era ideology, to me. One can can sense this ambivalence throughout the film.