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Gimmicks in the Movies
Something in Common
"Many movies use gimmicks or special techniques to create a mood or emphasize a point. In "Pleasantville" people changed from black and white to colour, after interacting with the main characters. All these films use some such similar gimmick"
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(1993) Steven Spielberg's masterpiece "Schindler's List" was one of the most powerful films I have ever watched. Filmed in black and white, to emphasize the depression and despair of the time, Spielberg used only one bright spot of colour. Amid the sea of black and white a young girl, on her way to 'the showers', could be seen wearing a coloured dress. What colour was she wearing?
(2000) In "Memento" Leonard Shelby struggled mightily with a seriously damaged short-term memory. His wife had been murdered and he was determined to solve that murder, despite his memory loss. His story unfolded in reverse, in a series of flashbacks that proceeded further back in time. Aware of his memory loss, Shelby took lots of pictures, and used one other technique to help him remember things he had uncovered. What was that other technique?
keeping extensive notes
making video recordings
telling a friend
tattooing things on his body
(1954) When L.B. Jeffries broke his leg, he spent a lot of time looking out his apartment window to the courtyard beyond. He soon developed a growing suspicion that his neighbour had murdered his wife, and disposed of her cut up body parts by moving them out in his sales case. Convincing his girlfriend and his healthcare provider was easy, but the police weren't buying Jeffries' suspicions.
The unusual thing about this film, was that it was filmed almost entirely from within Jeffries' apartment. This provided you with a good sense of exactly what Jeffries was experiencing, which was the confines of his apartment, and the view from his window. What was the name of this masterful film?
North by Northwest
(2004) Depicting the last few hours of the life of Jesus Christ, "The Passion of the Christ" was filmed and released with only the languages that were used at that time and place, being spoken by the actors. Consequently Latin and Aramaic can be heard, as well as a little bit of Hebrew.
Who directed this powerful movie?
(1985) Loosely based on a board game, this funny film used the gimmick of filming three different endings. Although all three were included on the video/DVD, the theatrical release was only given one. So the movie had a different ending, or solution, depending where you saw it. What was the name of this campy film?
(One Word - 4 letters)
(1999) Marketed as if it were real (the first gimmick used), this film purported to be a documentary taped by three students who disappeared while making a film about local urban legend. It also used the gimmick of being shot with a hand-held camera, without a detailed script. What you saw was what the actors filmed themselves.
The biggest surprise, in my humble opinion, was that it was such a huge hit. What was the name of this film?
The Witches of Eastwood
The Blair Witch Project
Witches of the Black Hills
(2001) Cyrus Kriticos was a rich, old collector. When he died, his nephew inherited his house (which supposedly contained a hidden treasure) and his collection of "Thir13 Ghosts". Could these ghosts be seen with the naked eye?
(1939) This children's classic was one of the first to use the technique of filming in both black and white and colour, to emphasize the differences between two places. The contrast between her bleak, depression-era farm in Kansas, and the magical, mystical land over the rainbow were quite extreme to poor Dorothy and her dog.
What was the name of this amazing film?
(2004) The life of composer Cole Porter flashed in front of all of our eyes, as Porter relived his life, before dying, in Irwin Winkler's "De-Lovely", and an interesting life it was too. Who played the talented Cole Porter?
(2001) This movie used the anachronistic gimmick of modern day music and dress, in its telling of the story of a squire taking up his master's lance and pretending to be a knight, when he lacked the required pedigree for the job. What was the name of the film?
A Knight's Tale
The Black Knight
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Compiled Jun 28 12