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."
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.
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. 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.