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Tarantino wows UK premiere crowds

Quentin Tarantino: "I want my films to be highly anticipated"

Director Quentin Tarantino has hit the red carpet in London for the UK premiere of his World War II epic Inglourious Basterds.

He was joined by actors from the film, Diane Kruger and Christoph Waltz, while singer Rihanna and actor Mickey Rourke were among the VIP guests.

The film's star, Brad Pitt - who attended the world premiere at Cannes - did not make an appearance.

Inglourious Basterds will be released in the UK and the US on 21 August.

"Frankly this is overwhelming," Tarantino said of the screaming fans in Leicester Square.

"I'm very proud of this," he said.


"I can't wait to see what the audience thinks of it."

The film was a contender for this year's Palme d'Or, the main prize at Cannes Film Festival.

Diane Kruger
Diane Kruger was keen to play a different kind of World War II role

Christoph Waltz won best actor at Cannes for playing an SS officer in the violent saga.

He told the BBC that acting the part was easy.

"[The roles] practically play themselves. Quentin wrote it. It's all on the page and that was such a liberating thing," he said.

The film tells the story of a crack group of Jewish-American soldiers stalking Nazis in occupied France.

Kruger, 33, who plays a German movie star who is a double agent, said she was keen to be in the film because it was not a typical Nazi role.

She said: "Being German, you get a lot of World War II movie offers and this one we re-wrote history."

Pitt attended the Cannes Film Festival in May with partner Angelina Jolie.

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