Writer Dennis Cozzalio, he of the wonderfully titled Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule site, is well-regarded for his in-depth knowledge and thoughtful essays he gladly shares with his readers. The extraordinary SoCal blogger remains one of my long-time reads for the moving picture. His semi-regular movie quizzes are online events that many look forward to. Me included. And well worth the furled brows many of us toil under to come up with just the right answers. For the dreaded hay fever, teary-eyed Spring season, he’s teed up another:
MISS JEAN BRODIE’S MODESTLY MAGNIFICENT, MATRIARCHALLY MANIPULATIVE SPRINGTIME-FOR-MUSSOLINI MOVIE QUIZ
As I’ve stated more than once, I treat these as interview questions. Anyone interested in film is invited to take part. You can paste the questions and craft your answers into Google’s
sometime temperamental Blogger comment system in Dennis’ post. Been there, done that (thank you very much). Or, do as I’ve learned to do: post your answers on your own blog (if you have one) and leave a comment on his quiz article with a link back to your answers. As Dennis encourages:
“Miss Brodie would like to remind all participants that there are no correct answers, only thoughtful ones, though she reserves the right to arch an eyebrow in quizzical disbelief or outright cynicism if she deems your responses lazy, insufficiently elaborate or otherwise lacking in the standard of thoroughness and honor which is the hallmark of study amongst these hallowed halls. So, no pressure, only a reminder that the more windy and discursive answers are the ones most favored— clipped, blunt, one or two-word answers should be reserved for Professor Walter Hill’s upcoming class on Macho Codes and Aesthetics.”
Pencils up, and begin!
1) The classic movie moment everyone loves except me is:
From Gone With The Wind:
“As God is my witness, as God is my witness they’re not going to lick me. I’m going to live through this and when it’s all over, I’ll never be hungry again. No, nor any of my folk. If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill. As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.”
2) Favorite line of dialogue from a film noir
3) Second favorite Hal Ashby film
4) Describe the moment when you first realized movies were directed as opposed to simply pieced together anonymously.*
Sitting in the Huntington Park Warner Theatre at age ten and realizing that fact as I watched this movie, first-run, in 1964. A game-changer for me growing up, as well:
5) Favorite film book
My Film Noir Encyclopedia always stays near, but of late it’s been this Taschen volume:
6) Diana Sands or Vonetta McGee?
Two beautiful actresses that left this world far too soon, but I have to go with the lovely Vonetta:
7) Most egregious gap in your viewing of films made in the past 10 years
May not qualify since it falls a little outside of 10 years, but I’ve never seen any of Linklater’s ‘Before…’ romantic dramas (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, and obviously the upcoming Before Midnight). I know, I know.
8) Favorite line of dialogue from a comedy
“Listen the last man that said that to me was Archie Leach just a week before he cut his throat.” ~ Cary Grant as Walter Burns in His Girl Friday
Best in-joke, ever.
9) Second favorite Lloyd Bacon film
Goldingers of 1937? I’ve seen so few.
10) Richard Burton or Roger Livesey?
Natch, it’s the hard-drinking Welshman, Richard Burton.
11) Is there a movie you staunchly refuse to consider seeing? If so, why?
Oh, I reckon it’s probably now A Serbian Film. I guess being on the second half of life, and being cursed with a long memory, I’ve come to a point where there’s some things I don’t wish to see. Mainly, because I can’t un-see them (at least while I’m still walking the planet). Much like “Life is too short to read bad books.“, knowing I’m not going to enjoy something that crosses a line for me is just not worth the screen time. There are too many other good and varied film I’ve yet to see that I’d rather give the limited time I have toward. I’m sure others will disagree (which is okay), but there it is. I covered some of this in a discussion a couple of years back, here.
12) Favorite filmmaker collaboration
Robert Rodriguez, Eli Roth, Quentin Tarantino, Edgar Wright, and Rob Zombie all shot segments in this still under appreciated gem of an exploitation film:
13) Most recently viewed movie on DVD/Blu-ray/theatrical?
14) Favorite line of dialogue from a horror movie
By Geena Davis in The Fly (1986)…
15) Second favorite Oliver Stone film
Oh, probably this (second to JFK):
16) Eva Mendes or Raquel Welch?
17) Favorite religious satire
Hmm… Monty Python’s Life of Brian?
18) Best Internet movie argument? (question contributed by Tom Block)
Oh, I don’t know. I guess any that seriously argue what they would do in some future zombie attack to come. That’s always worth a big laugh for me ;-).
19) Most pointless Internet movie argument? (question contributed by Tom Block)
CRASH beating Brokeback Mountain, as I spoke to here.
20) Charles McGraw or Robert Ryan?
It’s fairly obvious to me…
21) Favorite line of dialogue from a western
22) Second favorite Roy Del Ruth film
I got nothin’.
23) Relatively unknown film or filmmaker you’d most eagerly proselytize for
The Robert Culp-directed, Walter Hill-scripted under-appreciated neo noir from 1972…
24) Ewan McGregor or Gerard Butler?
My good friend Ruth of Flixchatter may hate me for saying this, but it’s the other Scot that’s my pick. You know, the one who more than not consistently performs in good movies.
25) Is there such a thing as a perfect movie?
No. And I wouldn’t want there to be. How could us mere mortals ever truly appreciate such a thing, if there were?
26) Favorite movie location you’ve most recently had the occasion to actually visit*
Much like the movie, this was eerie happenstance. Last month, my wife and I attended a wonderful play by the famed East West Players of Los Angeles. My dear friend Pop Culture Nerd co-starred in the stage production of Christmas in Hanoi. Situated in the historic Little Tokyo district near downtown, the old church the Asian American theatre organization used for their events sent a familiar chill down my back. When I glimpsed it pulling into the parking lot next door, I almost couldn’t believe it. The prime shooting location for John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness (1987), a long-time favorite of mine.
27) Second favorite Delmer Daves film
† and don’t get me started on the travesty that was the 2007 remake, or even compare it to Dave’s 1957 classic.
28) Name the one DVD commentary you wish you could hear that, for whatever reason, doesn’t actually exist*
It would be for the film I referenced earlier, Hickey & Boggs. And it would have had the late-Robert Culp giving his comments on the making of this 70s crime gem. His only stint as director for a big screen studio film. I’ve heard from others this was a project very close to his heart. One he took a great deal of pride in and would talk at length about to fans of the film when asked.
29) Gloria Grahame or Marie Windsor?
Do you have to ask?
30) Name a filmmaker who never really lived up to the potential suggested by their early acclaim or success
Another pretty obvious selection…
31) Is there a movie-based disagreement serious enough that it might cause you to reevaluate the basis of a romantic relationship or a friendship?*
Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Cinema shouldn’t be the cause for reevaluating (or ending) a friendship or relationship. That is with the exception of heaping any praise on pure dreck like this:
God, I HATE this particular schlock (and I once projected this in a movie theater for a week long booking long time ago).
* a classic or, if you must, recycled question from quizzes past that Miss Brodie thought might be interesting to revisit
To see all of my answers to every SLIFR movie quiz I’ve participated in, click here.