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Quentin Tarantino is speechless over his Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit tribute

posted 4 Dec 2012, 06:06 by Mpelembe   [ updated 4 Dec 2012, 06:07 ]

Director Quentin Tarantino is honored by the Modern Art Film Benefit. Celebrities including Jamie Foxxand Harvey Weinstein come out to celebrate the film maker.

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORKUNITED STATES (DECEMBER 03, 2012) (REUTERS) - Friends and fans of Quentin Tarantino came out to support the director as he picked up an honor from the Museum of Modern Art Benefit in New York on Monday (December 3) night.

On the red carpet the 49-year-old was left speechless by the recognition: "I think, "really, great, really, question mark, great, exclamation point."

The Tennessee native made his first feature film, "Reservoir Dogs" in 1992. From there the unique director went on to release such classics as "Kill Bill" "Jackie Brown," and "Pulp Fiction."

When asked what was the greatest complement he had received during his 20 year career, Tarantino said it came from film producer and director Roger Corman.

"There was a magazine article that was talking about editing or something and then they were interviewing different directors about some of their favorite cuts. And Roger Corman of all people said that the cut to - in 'Pulp Fiction' when they cut to Bonnie coming home from work, he said that he thought that was one of the greatest cuts he had ever seen in a film in his life because he was like, 'Is this happening, is this not happening, is this real, what's the deal?' And he goes, 'I don't understand why that kid did that, but I thought it was fantastic.' And for Roger Corman to give that, that was pretty cool," he said.

Studio head and producer of all of Tarantino's films, Harvey Weinstein called Tarantino the most brilliant story teller.

"I made every movie with Quentin you know and it's been the longest partnership in show business. And it's been great and I've loved every minute of it and we have fun. Quentin's fun, you know, he knows how to party, he knows how to have a good time," he told Reuters.

Several of the American film maker's celebrity friends and film subjects came out to pay tribute to Tarantino. Jamie Foxx, who appears in his upcoming film "Django: Unchained" told reporters the back story behind the song he penned for the film's CD soundtrack.

"I said now 'I'm not a rapper but I think this might be fly.' So I said give me an hour and I'll come up with something. I go to my dressing room come back with something and say, 'I got it.' I need a hundred black coffins for a hundred bad men, a hundred black graves so I can lay their ass, I need a hundred black preachers with a black sermon to tell from a hundred black Bibles while we send them all to hell," said Foxx.

This is the Museum of Modern Film Benefit's 5th annual celebration, which raises money for the museum's film program. Past directors honored include Tim BurtonKathryn Bigelow and Pedro Almodovar.