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Inglourious Basterds' NYC Premiere Draws a Rowdy Crowd

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After pit stops all over the world, Quentin Tarantino's much anticipated new film Inglourious Basterds finally made it to New York on Monday night. Brad Pitt, its star, was notably absent (he escaped to France over the weekend), but that didn't mean there was a shortage of manly merrymaking. "You can hit anyone you want in here," said the movie's executive producer Harvey Weinstein by way of greeting the Rose Bar's Nur Khan. "You let me do that in your place, so it's only fair. If there's anyone that you want to whack, just do it." Tarantino was equally animated. Taking the mike to introduce the film fresh from his appearance on Charlie Rose, the director screamed, "Do you want to see some bastards kill some Nazis? Make some noise, m*****f******. I can't hear you!"

After the Cinema Society and Hugo Boss-hosted screening, the party moved to the beer garden at the Standard Hotel. Tarantino's bloody tale about Nazi-killing Jewish-Americans behind World War II enemy lines has been the subject of mixed reviews for months, but it received nothing but a big thumbs-up from this crowd. Not to give too much away, but the flick features just a wee bit of mayhem, via all manner of weaponry—including guns, bats, and knives. "When Tarantino does it," said budding film critic Chace Crawford, "it's art."

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