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Movie Quiz

These are some of the questions from a movie quiz that I conducted for the KQA this Sunday. Also, since this community seems to be almost dead, please let me know if any of you would like to set a quiz. It's been a while. A long, long while.

1. Produced by Patricia Hitchcock and directed by Daniel Raim, this documentary was nominated for an Oscar in 2001. It was based on the life and work of Production and Art designer Robert Boyle. The documentary was named after a throw-away joke by Alfred Hitchcock, often mistaken as the working title of one of his movies. Name the documentary

2. The author of the original story was in a script-readthrough session with the movie’s scriptwriters. The script had a line which had one of the main characters tell another, “I knew a girl once, whose hair…”. The author laughed, wrote a little note in the margin of the script and slid it back to the scriptwriter. Absolutely vague of course, but name any of the following:

  • The author

  • The character who said he knew a girl

  • The character to whom he said it

  • The little note

3. Ansel __, a preacher from Rhode Island, was probably the first ever documented case of dissociative fugue. On January 17, 1887, he went to Providence, Rhode Island, then continued on until he reached Norristown, Pennsylvania, where he set up shop as a stationer and confectioner using the name A. J. Brown.

On Monday, March 14, he awakened in the morning not knowing where he was and with no memory of the preceding two months, still believing it was January. His nephew, William James, the pioneering American psychologist and philosopher, took him back home and went on to document this strange case.

What was Ansel’s last name?

4. To get the lip sync correctly captured in slow motion, the song was played back at double the speed during filming. The actors had to sync their lip movements at this high speed. The problem was that they also had to ensure their body movements was at normal speed, an extremely difficult task, since when you talk fast, you tend to move your body and hands fast as well. In the final film the song was then played at its normal speed and the corresponding picture synced to it, thus getting the desired effect. Which song?

5. What connects Lovedale, Gubbare, Matrimony, Rice Plate, High on the Highway, Zahir, Pooranmashi, Strangers in the Night, Sex on the Beach and Rise & Fall?

6. AFI came up with a list of 100 Heroes and Villains, in 2007. Atticus Finch was voted the #1 hero and Hannibal Lecter the #1 villain. Name the only character who featured in both lists - hero #48 and villain #22.

7. Animator supreme Brad Bird once said, "I put references of A-113 into every single one of my films, including my Simpsons episodes—it's sort of my version of Hirschfeld's "Nina"". Bird first used it for a license plate number in the Amazing Stories episode Family Dog. It has since appeared in other Disney and Pixar movies, for example:

  • Toy Story – the license plate number on Andy's Mom's minivan

  • The Incredibles – the room number in Syndrome's lair.

  • The Incredibles - the prison level where Mr. Incredible is held is "Level A1" in Cell # 13

  • The Iron Giant – the license plate on a car partially eaten by the Giant; the 3 is bitten off.

However, the big question is, what exactly is A-113?

8. Ellis R Dungan was born on May 11, 1909 in Ohio. He bought his first box camera to take pictures for the school yearbook, for which he was editor-in-chief. Directed his first film in 1936, which incidentally was the first film appearance of a legendary actor. He also made a bilingual film in 1945, considered a major landmark and remembered to this day. Dungan was engaged to make propaganda films during the Second World War, of which Returning Soldier was an example.

Name the bilingual film made by Dungan. Name the legendary actor too, for an extra point.

9. Identify the person who wrote the following for an article in Harper’s Bazaar:

I met Harpo for the first time in his garden. He was naked, crowned with roses, and in the center of a veritable forest of harps (he was surrounded by at least five hundred harps). He was caressing, like a new Leda, a dazzling white swan, and feeding it a statue of the Venus de Milo made of cheese, which he grated against the strings of the nearest harp. An almost spring like breeze drew a curious murmur from the harp forest. In Harpo's pupils glows the same spectral light to be observed in Picasso's.

10. Who, about what?:

“When Harvey asked me to write it, I wasn’t going to say no outright, so I said, “Send me a video.” He said, “No, I don’t want you to see this on video. I want you to see this on the big screen.

“The film started, and all of a sudden there’s a giant demon creature that turns out to be a giant boar but looks like a spider covered with snake-worms, and I was hooked. I sat there, and sat there, and sat, and came out at the end and said, “I have to do this. I have to be involved. This is so cool, and I’ve never seen anything like it. I love the gods, and I love the animals and monsters and the people. I love the complexity of the people and all the motives.”

Answers in a week, or thereabouts.
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