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If Tarantino was nervous, he appears to have recovered. When people on the set fouled up, they were serenaded with a chorus of Happy Birthday instead of being chastised with an uncomfortable silence. To break up the long shoots, Tarantino staged antics like "Skirt Day," on which men were encouraged to wear dainty frocks (he wore a kilt), and gave weekly wrap parties, including one raging bonfire dance in which Tarantino, his girlfriend (actress Mira Sorvino) and crew members boogied after midnight to the sound tracks from his previous films.
Back in Hollywood, Tarantino supporters are doing their part to soften expectations. "Pulp Fiction's cultural resonance may never be duplicated," says indie-film booster and International Creative Management agent Robert Newman, "but can people still have a marvelous time at a Quentin Tarantino movie? Why not? It's like saying the Rolling Stones did Sympathy for the Devil, so they can't do anything as groundbreaking again." As the Stones and Tarantino both might say, let it bleed.