'Inglourious Basterds' Star Brad Pitt Praises Quentin Tarantino As An 'Auteur'

It's kind of funny to hear "Inglourious Basterds" star Brad Pitt -- or anyone, really -- refer to Quentin Tarantino as an auteur, a filmmaker who leaves a distinct personal mark on everything s/he touches. His films certainly have their own distinct feel, but Tarantino has built a brand out of appropriating genre conventions and tropes. There is plenty of originality in his appropriation, but the auteur label just doesn't feel right.

Still, Pitt clearly has deep respect for his "Basterds" director. That much was clear when he stopped to chat with MTV's Larry Carroll on the red carpet at the "Inglourious Basterds" premiere last night. Check out the video below for Pitt's comments and then head over to MTV.com for Larry's full report.