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Guess these international films, from around the globe, released between 1949 and The Year 2000 :-

Q1. Q 40'sQ2.Q 50'sQ3.Q 60'sQ4. Q 70'rQ5.Q 70'rsQ6.Q 70'rszQ7.Q 70'sQ8.Q 80'sQ9.Q 90'sQ10. Q 90'z……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Clues:-

  • Check out Tags for hints on various genre’s, stars et al

Answers:-
I shall provide the answers myself, once some of my fellow bloggers have given this a try

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Guess the films below, and the year of release :-

Q1. Q & A 1Q2.Q & A 2.Q3.Q & A 3.Q4.Q & A 4.Q5.Q & A 5.……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Clues:-

  • The movies were released between 1920 and 1950
  • Check out Tags for hints on various genre’s, stars et al

Answers:-
I shall provide the answers myself, once some of my fellow bloggers have given this a try

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British Situation Comedies of the 1970’s*
The 1970’s are often regarded as the golden age of the Brit-com (a term I coined, for the British sit-com). Some of my favourite Brit-coms happen to be from the 70’s too, although I actually watched them growing up in the 1980s’ and early 1990’s.
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70's Britcoms

70’s Britcoms

Q° 1. Out of the twelve 70’s Brit-coms below:-

a) Which is your favourite? And is it your all time favourite, or just from the 1970’s ?

(i) To the Manor Born (1979–1981)
(ii) Fawlty Towers (1975–1979)
(iii) Butterflies (1978–1983)
(iv) Are You Being Served? (1972–1985)
(v) Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (1973–1978)
(vi) Father Dear Father (1968–1973)
(vii) Bless This House (1971–1976)
(viii) And Mother Makes Three (1971–1973)
(ix) And Mother Makes Five (1974–1976)
(x) Mind Your Language (1977–1986)
(xi) George & Mildred (1976–1979)
(xii) Man About the House (1973–1976)

b) Please select five Brit-coms, from above, as your Top-5.

70's Britcharacters

70’s Britcharacters

Q° 2. Which one of these 70’s Brit-com comedians/comediennes, is your favourite character?

(i) Penelope Keith as ‘Audrey’ in To the Manor Born
(ii) John Cleese as ‘Basil Fawlty’ in Fawlty Towers
(iii) Mollie Sugden as ‘Mrs. Betty Slocombe’ in Are You Being Served?
(iv) Michael Crawford as ‘Frank Spencer’ in Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em
(v) Sidney James as ‘Sid Abbott’ in Bless This House  

Q° 3. If Fawlty Towers were to be re-made today, or were to have a sequel/prequel :-

a) should it be set in the 21st century?

b) The 1970’s itself?

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c) There shouldn’t be a re-make, for this classic 70’s Brit-com; with just two seasons, and twelve episodes altogether; is a gem in itself. Why spoil it.

Q° 4. Please recommend another 70’s Brit-com, that’s not mentioned in this questionnaire, that you might like.

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Cleopatra**********
Since the invention of Cinema, there have been over a hundred actresses who’ve portrayed the Queen of the Nile. But there have been very few on screen Cleopatra’s, that have blown us away with their powerful performances.   
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Q° 1. Which of these stars did you feel was Cleopatra incarnate? Who was the most beautiful Cleopatra of the silver screen?

a) Vivien Leigh as Cleopatra in Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

Cleopatra (VL)

b) Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra in Cleopatra (1963)

Cleopatra (ET)

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c) Another actress completely (Please Specify; e.g. Helen Gardner (1912), Theda Bara (1917), Claudette Colbert (1934), Sophia Loren (1954), etc etc …)

Q° 2. If there were a newer bio-pic on the life of this, pre-feminist era, bold feminist, Pharaoh, which one of these actresses should play the role of Cleopatra?

a) Angelina Jolie

Cleopatra (AG)

b) Kate Winslet

Cleopatra (KW)

c) Marion Cotillard

Cleopatra (MC)

d) Sridevi

Cleopatra (SKk)

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e) Kerry Washington

Cleopatra (KZ)

Q° 3. If there were to be a new movie on the life of Cleopatra, which of these would you prefer to see?

a) a bio-pic on her life based on an original new screenplay.

b) another movie based on William Shakespeare’s 1623 play Antony and Cleopatra.

c) another movie based on George Bernard Shaw’s 1898 play Caesar and Cleopatra.

d) a mystical, fantasy, surreal piece of artistically and visually spectacular, intellectual piece of cinema.

e) a blockbuster, with a weak script, meaningless violence (an action flick), good looking bodies (sexualising the film’s characters with necessity for very limited acting skills), where the computer graphics dominate the entire premise of the movie; meant for the masses, just to make a load of cash; which would be here today and gone tomorrow.

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Cleopatra (NS)

A Clockwork Orange (1971) *
Anthony Burgess’ dystopian novella, A Clockwork Orange, from the 60’s, and it’s subsequent cinematic adaptation, A Clockwork Orange (1971), by director Stanley Kubrick, in the 70’s, were both very controversial works.
Malcolm McDowell played the lead role of the eccentric, ultra-violent and artistic Alex DeLarge.

Kubrick's 'A Clockwork Orange' (1971)
Q° 1. If the film were to be re-made today :-

(i) with an adult Alex DeLarge character, based on the original 71’ movie, which of these British actors should reprise McDowell’s superb act?

a) Ewan McGregor

Ewan Mcgregor (Clockwork)

b) Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Clockwork)

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c) Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe (Clockwork)

(ii) with a 15 year old Alex – the Large character (in the novella the lead doesn’t have a last name, but once refers to himself as ‘Alexander The Large’, in an obvious reference to his phallic-centric ego), based on the 60’s novella, which of these 21 year old actors (as taking an actual teenager to play such a violent character might not be acceptable, unless the said teen is mature enough to play the role with the necessary detachment, so as not to affect his own psychological state) would be convincing enough as this underaged delinquent?

a) 21year old Brit, Freddie Highmore

Freddie Highmore (Clockwork)

b) 21 year old Brit, Eugene Simon

Eugene Simon (Clockwork)

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c) 21 year old all-American, Logan Lerman

Logan Lerman (Clockwork)

Q° 2. In Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation, the last chapter of the novella is missing. It is said, that he most probably read the American publication of the book, instead of the original British one, as in the United States the book was published minus the last chapter back then. Would you have preferred if he had included Burgess’ ending, or do you like the movie the way it is, with it’s creepy, twist in the tale, ending?

Q° 3. When Anthony Burgess wrote the book, he set it in the near future, i.e. roughly the 70’s. Now that we’ve come four more decades into the future, would you like to see a re-make set in the actual 70’s decade; with actual styles of the 70’s, of floppy hair, side-burns, bell bottoms, wide ties, the mustards, the greens, the browns, the geometric designs et al. And would you like to see the characters speaking in colloquial English instead of Burgess’ inventive Nadsat language?

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Q & A (Clockwork)

I’m starting this new segment today, called Question Time. This is not a quiz, for that would require a general knowledge of the particular subject. No, this is more to do with a matter of opinion. More specifically, your opinion, for anyone that’s interested. So play along and enjoy.

My Fair Lady (1964) * &

Eliza Doolittle (AH)
Q° 1. Julie Andrews played the role of Eliza Doolittle, on Broadway (USA) and West End (UK) in the late 50’s, in My Fair Lady, a stage musical adaptation of the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. In Hollywood’s grand cinematic musical adaptation of My Fair Lady (1964), the role of Miss. Doolittle went to Audrey Hepburn. Hepburn gave a brilliant performance, but, for the songs, her voice was dubbed by Marni Nixon.
Would you have preferred :-
a) to hear what Audrey Hepburn’s vocals actually sounded like in lieu of Nixon’s?
b) to see Julie Andrews play the role in the movie version as well, instead of Hepburn?
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c) not change anything about the movie?

Q° 2. In the end of My Fair Lady (1964), Eliza goes back to Professor Higgins. If it were set in the 60’s itself, instead of the Edwardian period, should she :-
a) have gone back to him?
b) hooked up with young Freddie, who was infatuated with her?
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c) lead an independent life altogether without either of them?

Q° 3. In 1965, at the 37th Academy Awards, Rex Harrison took home the Best Actor trophy for My Fair Lady (1964), while Julie Andrews bagged the Best Actress Oscar for Mary Poppins (1964). Audrey Hepburn was not even nominated. Do you feel Audrey Hepburn should have won the Oscar that year? Or at least been nominated for My Fair Lady (1964)?

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