The Shadowplay Impossible Film Quiz for Autumn

1) DEATH IN HIGH HEELS

What sartorial choices, combined with what deaths by misadventure, connect the following films —

[a] THE PYX, LOOKER, LETHAL WEAPON

[b] RABID, SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT

[c] FLASH GORDON, HELLBOY

[d] MACBETH, MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL

[e] FLASH GORDON, WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, THE WIZARD OF OZ

2) THE URGES OF STURGES

Which of these porno remakes of John Sturges movies is genuine?

[a] THE MAGNIFICENT 7″

[b] LAST TRAIN FROM BUNG HOLE

[c] BAD DAY AT BLACK COCK

[d] ICE STATION NO-BRA

(3) BODY TALK

What do the following people have in common, physically?

[a] Ryan Dorin; Anthony Hopkins; Christopher Guest

[b] Margot Kidder; Marshall Bell; Kevin Van Hentenryck

[c] Ray Milland; Sam Rockwell; Richard E. Grant

[d] Sam Worthington; Rebecca Romjin; Katy Perry

(4) “What fucker said that?”

Which movies do the following lines come from? (Clue: they’re all British)

[a] “What fucker said that?”

[b] “We can’t enjoy ourselves ad infinitum.”

[c] “I have never forgiven them for my arm.”

[d] “Does it break because it is faulty, or because it is glass?”

[e] “Block of ice to beef bourguignon in eight seconds.”

(5) THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

What beasties connect the following auteurs?

[a] Howard Hawks, Buster Keaton, Val Guest, Karel Zeman

[b] Charlie Chaplin, Jack Cardiff, Jean-Jacques Beineix, Victor Sjostrom (as Victor Seastrom)

[c] Robert Aldrich, Vincent Gallo, William Wellman

[d] William Dieterle, Michael Winner, Robert Flaherty, David Lynch

(6) THEY ALSO SERVE

What non-filmic activity connects —

[a] CT Dreyer, William Wellman, Tay Garnett, Preston Sturges

[b] Lee Marvin, George C. Scott, Tyrone Power, Ben Chapman

[c] Basil Rathbone, Herbert Marshall, Claude Rains, Ronald Colman

[d] Ylmaz Guney, Ivor Novello, Koji Wakamatsu, Roger Avary

(7) CINEMA DU LOOK

Identify the following movies from these single images —

[a]

[b]

[c]

[d]

(8) SHOOT FIRST, ASK QUESTIONS LATER

Answer the following movie titles.

[a] WHY DOES HERR R RUN AMOK?

[b] WHERE’S THAT FIRE?

[c] WHAT’S UP, FATLIP?

[d] WHO?

(9) A VERSION THERAPY

What connects the following actors?

[a] Gustav Frohlich, Fritz Leiber, Henry Daniell, Dirk Bogarde

[b] Merle Oberon, Lucia Bosé, Judy Davis, Juliette Binoche

[c] Florence Lawrence, Theda Bara, Alla Nazimova, Rita Hayworth

[d] Gavin Gordon, Richard Chamberlain, Gabriel Byrne, Jason Patric

And a bonus point for then connecting all the answers!

10) THE ARRESTING IMAGE

What films do the following images originate from?

[a] An alligator in a piano

[b] A dog firing a machine gun loaded with sausages

[c] A flock of sheep in a church

[d] A barber shop full of cows

56 Responses to “The Shadowplay Impossible Film Quiz for Autumn”

  1. Truly, you have outdone yourself this time, David. The only one I can take the foggiest, most random stab at is 6(d) – jail time. But then it’s especially unkind of you to unleash this on a hungover Saturday morning world.

  2. Oh hang on – 1(e) is death by melting. No clue as to the sartorial component, though.

  3. Oh good God, so THAT’S who Kevin van Hentenryck is! I’m not going to answer 3(b) because I had to google it.

  4. Great to have the quiz back! So far i’ve got:

    4(a) Withnail & I
    4(e) Time Bandits

    6(a) All pilots in the military
    6(b) All served in the Marines

  5. 6 (d) is correct. 1 (e) is correct — the missing sartorial element is rather vague, I’m afraid — all melted in basic black. The costume element of a, b, c & d is more specific.

    Jonathan, all correct!

  6. Having had a chance to ponder, I’m going to say 9(c) is Salome and 9(d) is Lord Byron (after a brief period thinking it was “got their start in TV soaps” was derailed by the realisation that Gavin Gordon couldn’t really have done that).

  7. Ouch! However, Part 9 seems to offer some possibilities. The actors in each section have played the same historical character. 9b is definitely George Sand; 9c looks like Salome; 9d Byron. I’d have to do some IMDB-ing to get 9a, although Liszt seems plausible.

    Bits and pieces from the rest. 3c: Two heads. 5d: Elephants. 10c: The Exterminating Angel?

  8. I’m starting to think that the connective tissue of Round 9 is something to do with Ken Russell.

  9. All correct! I’ll save you the IMDb-ing by confirming that Liszt is correct. I could have thrown in Roger Daltrey but that seemed too obvious.

  10. 3b) former Siamese twins

  11. 3a) extra finger?

  12. Correct, and correct.

  13. 6c They all served in the London Scottish. I’d love if someone could unearth pictures of that.

  14. 3c I think they are all bald or balding, but have worn wigs to conceal this (at least some of the time; Milland made his peace/piece with it).

  15. 8 a-d)

    WHY DOES HERR R RUN AMOK?

    If you sign a contract you’re supposed to keep up the payments…

    WHERE’S THAT FIRE?

    In your eyes, Lieutenant Bradshaw.

    WHAT’S UP, FATLIP?

    I, uh, wanna order a pizza to go and no anchovies…

    WHO?

    Melanie Haber?
    You may remember her as… Audrey Farber?
    Susan Underhill?
    How about… Betty Jo Bialowski!

  16. Gareth — correct! Apart from 3C, whish SJMW got right.
    Chuck — v good!

    Yes, all the biopic figures also appeared in biopics by Ken Russell. So that’s that round done.

  17. 5b All directed films involving lions/lion tamers.

  18. 3d They’ve all played blue characters (Avatar, X-Men, Smurfs)

  19. 10d) Go West

  20. Correct, correct and correct!

    (Maybe this is too easy?)

  21. Firesign Theatre references! I’m loving the wrong answers as much as the right ones.

  22. thanks

  23. 6a) They all flew planes in WWI?

  24. Yes, though not everyone saw combat.

  25. 4(d) is from A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH — it looks like others have gotten anything else I knew. Except maybe — is 1(d) just “dismemberment in armor?” And I believe I remember 2(c) from my days working in a video store.

  26. OK, all I have is 7a: THE OSCAR. An image forever burned into my retinas.

  27. 1b – chaps getting shot dressed as Santa Claus?

  28. Yes! I badly wanted a third example but just couldn’t find one.

  29. Christopher Says:

    9.
    a.-all played Franz Liszt
    b.-all played George Sands
    c.-all played Salome…or Cleopatra?
    d.-all played Lord Byron

  30. The latest Harold and Kumar opus apparently features a shot Santa.

  31. Damn, wish I’d known that.

    Chris, yes, and it’s Byron. But I’m afraid you’ve been pipped at the post.

  32. Christopher Says:

    10-b sounds like one of those Dogville shorts..the Big House spoof maybe..

  33. 5a – a dinosaur.

  34. Bad Santa features a Santa who is absolutely riddled with bullets. But the title might have been a giveaway.

  35. Is 5c a buffalo?

  36. Judy: yes and yes!

    Paul, wish I’d remembered that. Might have been a strong clue though, yes.

  37. Unanswered!

    1a and 1c
    2 doesn’t really have answers
    4b and 4c
    7b 7c and 7d
    8 doesn’t really have answers
    10a and 10b

  38. 7d – Clash of the Wolves

  39. Ermm… Well 1 c) Both Ming and Rasputin are bald and bearded. Do they both get impaled?
    4c) sounds very Hammer. No idea about the quote for 4b but I love it.
    Is 7b an Isle of Lost Souls?
    Is either answer to the 10s “Sir Henry at Rawlinson End”? Actually that serves pretty much as a default answer to any of these.

  40. Rocky, yes!

    Simon, impalement is sort of right, but you picked the wrong characters.

    Island of Lost Souls is a good choice, but wrong. This one’s earlier, and really tough.

    Sir Henry is a good choice but wrong. Both quotes come from Charles Wood screenplays if that helps. Similar tone.

  41. I think 10a may be The Bed Sitting Room.

  42. Not Bed Sitting Room, but you’re getting warm.

  43. Your wish is my HTML

  44. An alligator in a piano sounds very Bunuel.

    Or Monty Python.

    Or Joe McGrath.

  45. But not J Lee Thompson?

  46. John Goldfarb Please Come Home ?

  47. A logical guess, except it’d be more likely a crocodile in that one.

    I think if you check his cv, a Diana Dors comedy called An Alligator Named Daisy will leap out at you…

  48. 1a – chemise-draped chapesses falling on cars?
    1c – caped, masked chappies impaled on spiky floors?

  49. 1a Yes! Or, as I prefer to think of them, the diaphanous and the defenestrated.
    1c Yes! Not sure about the cape in Hellboy, but masked for sure.

    I’ll post the rest of the answers this evening if nobody gets ’em. Two quotes and two pics and one animal image.

  50. 4c – a lost scene from LIVE AND LET DIE?

  51. Nice idea!

    OK, answers:
    4b is from How I Won the War (Lee Montague)
    4c is from Charge of the Light Brigade (John Gielgud)

    7b the hirsuit gent is from Benjamin Christiansen’s Seven Footprints to Satan, which deserves a release
    7c The silvery people are from Horrors of Malformed Men

    10b the canine machine gun is from All Quiet on the Canine Front (a Dogville short)

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