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New York -- Quentin Tarantino enters a West Village Italian restaurant through the back, a quiet arrival for a filmmaker who is anything but stealthy.

More than most any other director working today, Tarantino's movies are propelled by a ceaseless urge to entertain, both the audience and himself. In richly comic dialogue, gleefully splattered violence and vibrant bombastic color, they announce themselves brashly.

His latest, "Django Unchained," a kind of Spaghetti Western set in the antebellum South, is brazen even by Tarantino standards. Starring Jamie Foxx as a slave taken under the wing of a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz), the film's strange mix of surrealist comedy, bloody action and brutal depictions of slavery make "Django" arguably Tarantino's most audacious movie yet.

"There is a committed showman aspect to my film that I relish in," says a sweatshirt-clad Tarantino as he settles in behind a table. "I want the audience to »

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