Tarantino beached

Helmer discusses 'Deadlier' pic

As if Quentin Tarantino doesn’t have enough films to get through as this year’s jury prexy, he proved his status as the ultimate movie geek by showing up unannounced at the Friday-night beach screening of “Deadlier Than the Male,” accompanied by fellow jurists Kathleen Turner and Tilda Swinton.

He even stood up to introduce the 1966 Brit spy thriller, directed by Ralph Thomas (father of producer Jeremy Thomas).

Tarantino declared “Deadlier Than the Male” as one of his favorite films of all time and said one scene — a depiction of torture that could be a subliminal precursor of the notorious ear-slicing scene in “Reservoir Dogs” — was his earliest cinematic memory.

“Deadlier Than the Male” was presented in a newly restored print as part of the Screening on the Beach series. The pic was supplied by Granada Intl., which owns the Rank library and is conducting an extensive restoration program for DVD release and sale to hi-def TV webs.

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