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The Shadowplay Summer Impossible Film Quiz

Posted in FILM with tags on June 14, 2011 by dcairns

Emile Cohl explores the depths of the human psyche.

This season’s Shadowplay Impossible Film Quiz is all about the connections — your likely failure in answering these questions will be based not so much on what you don’t know, but on your inability to think like me. Be grateful.

And I’m going to start colouring in the questions that have been answered correctly.

[1] ROLE OVER

What role connects ~

(a) Donald Calthrop, Peter Lorre and Pierre Pierade

(b) Conrad Veidt, Colin Clive and Mel Ferrer

(c) Charles Brabin, Ralph Ince, Hank Azaria

(d) Donald Sutherland, Zalman King, Martin Donovan

[2] CHARACTER ASSASSINATION

Not even the fictional are safe. What connects –

(a) Catherine Tramell, Enzo Ferrari, Vilos Cohaagen

(b) Captain Fearless, Barry Lyndon, Stathis Borans

(c) Chauncey Gardener, Officer Murphy, General Zod, Father Urbane Grandier

(d) Raymond Shaw, Harry Palmer, Alex DeLarge

[3] STRANGE DEATHS

I make no distinction between movie deaths and real life ones. Hey, I’m just like a film censor!

What grim fates connect ~

(a) Craig Wasson and John Vernon

(b) William Holden and Jean Seberg and Yvette Vickers

(c) Kenneth Colley and Basil Rathbone

(d) Charles Napier and Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anthony Perkins

(e) THE GODFATHER PART II, ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA, BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN.

[4] TUNES OF GLORY

What connects the music of the following –

(a) L’IDEE, CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, THE BILLION DOLLAR BRAIN, THE RED SHOES

(b) VELVET GOLDMINE, LIGHT SLEEPER, MASK

(c) THE HUNGER, TRUE ROMANCE, CARLITO’S WAY

(d) BLACK NARCISSUS, ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST,

(e) Bonus question: When did Maurice Jarre stop being good?

[5] CHANGES

Everyone is going through them, as Alan Price sang, but what specific transformations afflicted those below ~?

(a) Margaret Whiting, Arthur Lowe, Akim Tamiroff

(b) Annie Ross, Shinya Tsukamoto

(c) Stephen King, Richard Wordsworth

(d) Dean Jones, Dudley Moore, Matthew Modine

[6] SITUATIONS ~

As vague as it sounds: a particular kind of thing, perhaps happening in a particular kind of place –

(a) THE TRAGEDY OF OTHELLO (Welles), EASTERN PROMISES, FIREFOX

(b) ATTACK THE BLOCK, WINTER KILLS

(c) BRAZIL, CARLOS, ESSENTIAL KILLING

(d) THE JERK, THE EXORCIST, TRAINSPOTTING

[7] WHO WAS THAT MASKED MAN?

Identify, if possible, the character, the film, the actor, and anything else you feel like identifying.

(a)

(b)

(c)

(d)

[8] PROPS ~

What objects connect:

(a) SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER, DETOUR, THE HORN BLOWS AT MIDNIGHT

(b) THE PASSION OF DARKLY NOON, LA GALERIE DE MONSTRES, FREAKED

(c) ZARDOZ, FELLINI CASANOVA, FELLINI SATYRICON

(d) THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (special edition)

[9] PARABNORMAL ACTIVITIES

Strange stuff is often transacted by the following people — but which particular activities connect them?

(a) Jon Hall; Kenneth Williams and Suzanne Danielle

(b) Cary Grant; Gregory Peck; Eva Green

(c) William Hurt; David Naughton

(d) Elizabeth Shue; Michelle Monaghan (kind of)

[10] THE OTHERWISE INEXPLICABLE

Just tell me WHY –

(a)

(b)

(c)

(d)

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