Today I am starting a series of film based quizzes for Mad About Moviez. The intention is to do one quiz every week.
The first set of 10 questions mostly deal in films from 50s to early 70s and are primarily related to Indian films in general.
Please mail your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline 10 pm, 29th July, 2012
PS: Please do not comment the answers below as we do not want them to be visible to others before the deadline.
This 1940s Drama film won an Oscar for its leading lady, who was one of the major stars in the golden age along with her sister. After a couple of decades, this film was remade in Bollywood and the leading lady again won a major award for her role. Identify both the films. (5+5)
Clue: Look at the guy’s uniform
2. X is a 1930s novel explores the themes of medical ethics through the eyes of a young idealistic doctor who chooses to work in difficult conditions. The Scottish author drew from his own experience as a physician for this novel. It has seen multiple film and TV adaptations in the west but you just have to name the novel X and its Bollywood adaptation Y from 1971. (5+5)
She grew up in the subcontinent and a lot of her novels are set in this backdrop. Many of her works have been adapted into films, including a highly acclaimed Powell and Pressburger classic. But what you have to name is her novel about an English family settled in India that was adapted into a film of the same name in 1951. (10)
He is a Japanese musician. Among others, he scored the music for a 1991 Japanese biopic. But he achieved greater fame when his score from that film was used in another film in the year 2000. He has recently composed for an international production that is based on a classic 19th century English novel and the film also has an Indian composer on board. Identify him and all the three films mentioned and the Indian composer. (2+2+2+2+2)
This RAF veteran turned author rarely receives any academic attention but the fact is that he was one of the most prolific authors of thrillers. His works have been adapted many times by filmmakers but recently he was brought back to public consciousness by a 2007 film that referenced him very fondly. Identify the author as well as the film in question. (5+5)
She is well known as a novelist but has also worked on several films mostly as scriptwriter for adaptations of her own novels. Identify her and give me one rare instance from the year 1965 when she was involved in a film that is not based on her work. (5+5)
This biopic of a 15th century explorer was a joint production between two countries that was made in two different languages. This is the poster of one version. Give me the name of the other version. (10)
Answers and Scores
Here are the answers and scores for the last week’s quiz…
Thanks a lot for playing,
1. To Each His Own and Aradhana
2. A J Cronin’s The Citadel inspired Dev Anand starrer Tere Mere Sapne
3. The River. Author is Rumer Godden. The River is of course directed by Jean Renoir and Satyajit Ray helped out in filming (and preparing for his own films in the near future).
4. Shigeru Umebayashi , Yumeji , In the Mood for Love (Yumeji’s Theme), Trishna (Based on Hardy’s Tess), Amit Trivedi
5. James Headley Chase , Johnny Gaddar
6. Pearl S Buck, Guide (English Version)
7. Teesri Kasam (The three vows, I won’t carry contraband stuff, bamboo and nautanki woman)
8. Mr India (First and last Salim – Javed collaboration ignoring new remakes)
9. Pardesi based on the life of Russian Explorer Afanisi Nikitin
10. Phir Subah Hogi based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime & Punishment
Vikram Bondal 80
Rasik Tirodkar 10
Ratnakar Sadasyula 40
Brishabhanu Barua 80
Manish Achuth 95
Partha Ghatak 100
Souvik Gupta 80