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The Scene: 'Basterds,' humor, killing Nazis

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  • "Inglourious Basterds" combines graphic violence with humor
  • Such juxtapositions are a trademark of Quentin Tarantino's style
  • Star Christoph Waltz says Tarantino likes to destroy stereotypes
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LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Quentin Tarantino's movies are distinctive, thanks to several elements they typically share.

Brad Pitt leads a unit of brutal Allied soldiers in "Inglourious Basterds."

Brad Pitt leads a unit of brutal Allied soldiers in "Inglourious Basterds."

They usually offer moviegoers a massively flawed protagonist. They feature hyper-stylized and often graphic violence.

And, of course, there's a sudden twist of comedy when you least expect it.

In fact, it's not uncommon for fans of Tarantino's work to suddenly find they are laughing at a moment that's usually devoid of humor.

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Fans of the acclaimed director will be happy to learn that his latest film, a Nazi-hunting World War II fantasy, "Inglourious Basterds," delivers on all fronts. Video Watch the stars describe how Tarantino smashes stereotypes »

CNN caught up with several of the film's stars, including Brad Pitt, B.J. Novak (an occasional stand-up comedian) and Christoph Waltz, as well as director Tarantino, as they explain how to make a movie about killing Nazis funny.

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