In the 'Kill Bill' films, Tarantino proved once again to be the go-to filmmaker for creating more adventurous roles for female stars -- taking the best from B-movie samurai films and smashing them together, quite literally, in bloody good fun. Uma Thurman, who starred as the The Bride in both 'Kill Bill' and its sequel, might just require a lengthier, extended break before the next physically demanding installment, though. "The Bride has got to get 10 years older," Tarantino humorously remarked. "I put the Bride [and Uma] through such hell in volume 1 and 2; she deserves a decade of peace."
With 'Basterds' picking up four Golden Globe and three SAG nods this past week, Tarantino shared his thoughts on the resounding critical and commercial success of the film. He said, "It has been ridiculously gratifying. I couldn't be more pleased as punch about [the film's warm reception] -- that's really exciting."
Also, Tarantino had a chance to discuss the film's handling of World War II history, and whether he was nervous about stirring the pot. "I might have been nervous if I had thought a lot about [turning history on its head] and that had been the intention [all along]," Tarantino pointed out. "When I flipped the script on history, it literally happened just before I [finished writing]. So I didn't have time to debate it or think about it."
Fortunately, we were able to sneak into the theater as the curtain rose on the screening.
As fans packed the house of New Beverly Cinema (which is co-owned by Tarantino), the 'Pulp Fiction' filmmaker introduced the film with a hearty belly laugh: "Are there any 'Basterds' virgins out here?" Soon enough Tarantino ushered the 'Basterds' players in attendance -- Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, B.J. Novak, Omar Doom and Samm Levine -- to the front, as an eager crowd rejoiced with applause. The eventful screening was a well-orchestrated affair for devoted fans of 'Basterds' and Tarantino, who picked out seven trailers from movies that inspired 'Basterds' (including war classics 'The Big Red One' and 'Kelly's Heroes') to run before the main show.
All in all, we would say it was an undoubtedly glorious occasion -- no bastards in attendance, thankfully.
Both the Blu-Ray and DVD editions of 'Inglourious Basterds' are now available.