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Tarantino's revenge movie fiction but not pulp

DIRECTOR Quentin Tarantino brought his eagerly awaited World War II movie "Inglourious Basterds" to the Cannes film festival yesterday, with Brad Pitt adding some star power to the red carpet.

The movie, which borrows its title from Italian director Enzo Castellari's 1978 picture "Inglorious Bastards," is one of 20 entries in the main competition.

Tarantino, a favorite in the French Riviera resort, won the coveted Palme d'Or in 1994 with "Pulp Fiction," and rushed to have his latest movie ready in time to present to the jury. It has been in the works for more than 10 years.

"I like that it's the power of the cinema that fights the Nazis," Tarantino said in production notes distributed in Cannes before the movie's world premiere.

Tarantino's film is set in the first year of the German occupation of France, where character Shosanna Dreyfus witnesses the execution of her family at the hands of a Nazi colonel. Diane Kruger plays an undercover agent.

"Inglourious Basterds" is described as a revenge story, a recurring theme at this year's festival with Hong Kong's Johnnie To presenting "Vengeance" in the main competition and several more films revolving around retribution.

While critics say the quality of the main selection of films has been generally high, the absence of many A-list stars and celebrities has starved Cannes of some of its usual buzz.


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