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The cult US director is an unashamed fan of all things cinema, and was more than happy to press the flesh with movie lovers at the premiere of his new release Inglourious Basterds in Sydney tonight.
"It’s a big reason why I come out here in the first place,’’ Tarantino said.
"I can’t imagine all these people out there and they’ve got pictures and they’ve got DVDs and this and that, that I’m just going to say ``Fuckoff mate’’. I’m going to go and sign it.
"If you go to Australia you’re telling the Australians that you give a shit, that you care.’‘
When Manhattan Beach Video Archives went out of business, Tarantino bought all of its inventory and created his own private video library.
"I’ve got a big, big library - I actually never count my collections because I’m almost afraid to know the figure,’’ he said.
"I literally have two different rooms in my house, that are like a video store, in fact they’re like my old video store, they’re even on the same shelves that were at Video Archives.
"I’ve never gotten rid of them, it would be sacrilege to get rid of them.’'
Add to that a collection of laser discs, DVDs and film prints in 16mm and 35mm, and you get an idea of the size of Tarantino’s obsession.