Tarantino explains ‘Basterds’

Director wanted to make movie about 'guys on a mission'

Quentin Tarantino faced an unusual audience as an attentive crowd gathered at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance to screen his Oscar-nominated pic “Inglourious Bastards.”

A number of Holocaust survivors were there to view the film and question the always-eccentric helmer. Joining him for the onstage discussion Thursday evening was Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean of the Wiesenthal Center, along with thesp Eli Roth, pic’s producer Lawrence Bender and Dan Adler of Media Eagles.

Aud reactions swayed from high praise for the pic to personal criticisms, questioning the “trivial” approach to a serious subject. Tarantino, a connoisseur of button-pushing entertainment, answered that he approached the pic as an adventure film rather than a statement on the Holocaust. “I just wanted to do a ‘bunch of guys on a mission movie,'” he said.

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