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T 'n' T: Thurman and Tarantino
photo: Miramax Films
T 'n' T: Thurman and Tarantino

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Great Collaborations
Monday at 8:15
Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
212.708.9400
$10
Quentin Tarantino doesn't merely worship Uma Thurman—he takes her iconicity as a given. With good reason, he has called her the Marlene Dietrich to his Josef von Sternberg. From her coked-up moll in Pulp Fiction to her grief-struck avenger in Kill Bill, Tarantino has located a purpose and grandeur in his leading lady's gangly poise that has so far eluded other filmmakers: The Bride's poignant aura of battle-weary majesty is as breathtaking in Kill Bill as any of the movie's inspired grind house thievings. MOMA's new series of conversations, "Great Collaborations," kicks off tonight with a chat between Tarantino and Thurman. (Let's hope the Bride can get a word in edgewise.) From geeks to schlubs: For the second installment on January 19, Alexander Payne and his writing partner Jim Taylor—already this year's adapted-screenplay Oscar shoo-ins for Sideways—will shed some light on the recipe of cynicism and sentimentality that has proved such a hit with film critics. Sideways sad sack Paul Giamatti will moderate.
 
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