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Movie quiz

A few questions from the prelims of the movie quiz I conducted for the KQA last Sunday:

1. UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme is an international initiative launched in 1992 in order to guard against collective amnesia, calling upon the preservation of valuable archive holdings and library collections all over the world, thereby ensuring their wide dissemination. The only movies that belong to this programme are the Lumiere films, Louis Bunuel’s Los Olvidados and this sci-fi classic. Which?

2. The Museum of Modern Art in Oxford includes a series of looped montages by Christoph Girardet and Matthias Muller, entitled 'The Phoenix Tapes'. These are basically objects and actions that we have come to associate with this particular film personality.

One loop rifles through the following images: name cards, tiepins, monograms, letters, keys, locks, drains, the colour red, spots, basins, washing, haircutting, hair-burning, fires, matchboxes, race cards, addresses, newspapers, music scores, telephone directories, phones, papers against a door, doorknobs, hands, cups, breakages, spills, rings on fingers, rosaries, handcuffs, bags, purses, guns, drawers, knives, forks and back to name cards.

Which film personality was being honoured thus?

3. His father had moved to Dar-es-Salam in 1930. He stayed in Tanzania till 1967, working with Barclay’s Bank. En route to London, he visited his sister, the singer Kamal. He stayed in Mumbai and got involved in film making. Was an assistant to director Manoj Kumar. Directed and released his only Hindi film in 1978, which went on to become a cult classic. Who?

4. This dark comedy made by Sidney Lumet in 1982 contained a scene in which fading Broadway playwright Sidney Bruhl (played by Michael Caine) passionately kissed an ex-student and fledgling writer. The producers later stated that this was a $10 million kiss - the amount of revenue lost as negative publicity. Whom did Caine kiss?

5. Identify the movie from the following quote:

The Godfather is the I Ching. The Godfather is the sum of all wisdom. The Godfather is the answer to any question. What should I pack for my summer vacation? "Leave the gun, take the cannoli." What day of the week is it? "Maunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Wednesday."

And the answer to your question is "Go to the mattresses“. You're at war. "It's not personal, it's business. It's not personal it's business." Recite that to yourself every time you feel you're losing your nerve. I know you worry about being brave, this is your chance. Fight. Fight to the death.

6. He was born to Asimbala and Boltok on July 30, 1972. Has a sister named Natalya and a mentally disabled brother, Bilo. Has three children - Bilak, Biram and Hooeylewis, his favourite. Was married to Oskana, who died in 2002, killed by a bear. Who?

7. The 2006 film Casino Royale replaces the high-stakes casino game of Baccarat / Chemin de Fer from the novel, with the modern high-stakes card game of Texas Hold’Em. What would you call a hand with a pair of eights, in Texas Hold’Em?

8. Govindaraju Gangaraju had a smash hit with his film score in 1987, in which he composed music as well as wrote the lyrics. This movie was the first film of the actor-director as well as the heroine; it established both as major stars, though the heroine went on to act in movies made in another language.Govindaraju has now composed music and written lyrics for over 300 movies. What name do we know him by?

9. The concept for this film came to the producer when he was watching Kaala Patthar. Not surprisingly, the title of this movie came from one of the songs in Kaala Patthar.
This was the first action movie to be made by the film house in 16 years and went on to become one of the years biggest box office grossers. Identify.

10. The Hypertonic lens, invented by astronomer Henri Chrétien in 1927, was made use of by Hollywood in 1953. This lens made it possible to compress the image horizontally during filming, and then, by pivoting the image round by 90 degrees, to decompress it for projection. This therefore offered the possibility of doubling the width of the image without truly changing filming and projection apparatus. Name the first film shot using this technique.
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1. 2001?

2. Going for obvious- Hitchcock.


4. No idea. Though I adore Sidney Lumet.

5. The movie is nameless and indescribable. Which means I don't know the answer, actually.

6. Bwahahaha. Borat.

7. A Dead Man's hand?

10. The Robe- widescreen?

Great quiz. Didn't know anything, but lots of interesting fundas Didn't know about this memory loss project.
1. Metropolis by Fritz Lang.
2. Alfred Hitchcock.
3. Chandra Barot?
4. John Tuturro?
5. You've Got Mail.
6. Borat.
7. Octopussy.
8. Hamsalekha.
9. Kolilakkam.
10. The Robe. (Wasn't that the first Cinemascope movie?).

I'm feeling real bad that I missed the quiz...
1. 2001 - A space odyssey ?
5. You've got mail. (Too easy)
1) 2001 a space odyssey?
2) Sounds like Hitchcock
4) Christopher Reeve
5) You got mail? Or was it Sleepless in Seattle? Like the '70s Bacchan flicks, all Meg Ryan syrups have morphed into one for me.
6)Jigshamesh. High Five. Very nice. His name Borat.
7)Dead man's hand???
8)Gangai Amaran???
10)Ben Hur??
Great quiz, btw.
4. Superman! Christopher Reeve. I know this because I had been feverishly reading up on Reeve soon after watching Noises Off. Yay!
6. This is a lucky guess based on the funny names for the kids and the overdose of B :) Borat!
9. Dhoom by Yash Raj Films
6. Borat
7. a pair of eights and a pair of aces make a 'Dead Man's Hand'
8. Hamsalekha ... the Kannada lyricist, composer and now director
10. Wages of Fear?