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Quiz about Gimmicks in the Movies
Quiz about Gimmicks in the Movies

Gimmicks in the Movies Trivia Quiz


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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Author
skunkee
Time
5 mins
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Multiple Choice
Quiz #
224,073
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
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Question 1 of 10
1. (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? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. (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? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. (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?
Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. (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?
Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. (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?

Answer: (One Word - 4 letters)
Question 6 of 10
6. (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?
Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. (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?


Question 8 of 10
8. (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?

Answer: (Four Words)
Question 9 of 10
9. (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? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. (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? Hint



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1. (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?

Answer: red

"Schindler's List" told the story of Oskar Schindler, a German who bankrupted himself to save as many Jews from being exterminated in the Nazi Death Camps as he could. The difference that one man made, in the face of overwhelming odds, was a testament to the beauty of the human spirit.
The little girl in the red dress was based on a real-life girl named Roma Ligocka. Roma survived her concentration camp experience, unlike the young girl in the movie.
Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes starred.
2. (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?

Answer: tattooing things on his body

With the information tattooed on his body, it was pretty difficult for him to forget where he'd left his notes!
Christopher Nolan directed this movie from Shelby's point of view, giving people a pretty good idea of what it must have felt like to be him. Guy Pearce, Carrie-Ann Moss and Joe Pantoliano starred.
3. (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?

Answer: Rear Window

Director Alfred Hitchcock used the realistic technique of having all sound heard in the film, including any music, originate from somewhere on the set, further adding to the feeling of being there.
The set for the movie was so large (the largest ever at the time of filming) that they actually dug below the regular floor of the sound stage.
James Stewart, Grace Kelley, Thelma Ritter and Raymond Burr starred.
4. (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?

Answer: Mel Gibson

Gibson originally intended to release the film without subtitles. He said that he wanted the performances to speak for themselves. He did relent, and subtitles were added. A devout Catholic, Gibson used his own hands in the scene where the nails were being driven in, because he felt that it was his (Gibson's) sins that put Christ on the cross.

He has also donated an enormous amount of the film's profits to the Catholic Church.
5. (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?

Answer: Clue

Invited to a dinner party, the guests soon found themselves having to solve the mystery of who killed their host. When other people started turning up dead, things got a little frantic.
Jonathan Lynn directed this ensemble cast that included, Tim Curry, Eileen Brennan, Madeline Khan, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, and Lesley Ann Warren, to name a few.
6. (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?

Answer: The Blair Witch Project

Filmed in eight days, the three actors (portraying three students), armed only with an outline of the plot idea, set about filming a mock documentary as a project for school. They slept in the woods in a tent, and were wakened in the night by strange sounds and lights, and their reactions to these events, filmed by the students themselves, became the movie. For reasons beyond my understanding, it was a huge hit. Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard and Michael C. Williams starred. Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez shared writing and directing credit, although it's questionable how much of either actually occurred!
7. (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?

Answer: No

Both the actors and the audience had to don special glasses in order to see these ghosts, who were considerably less friendly than Casper! With the complicity of the special house, designed to contain the ghosts, the ghosts soon took over, and the search for treasure became a fight to get out alive.
Tony Shalhoub, Embeth Davidtz, Matthew Lillard, Shannon Elizabeth and Alec Roberts starred under Steve Beck's direction.
8. (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?

Answer: The Wizard of Oz

Based on the delightful book by L. Frank Baum, "The Wizard of Oz" told the story of young Dorothy's quest for happiness. After being caught in a tornado, she traveled over the rainbow to the magical land of Oz, where she spent most of her time trying to find a way back home.
The movie was actually filmed in sepia tones, as opposed to black and white, which provided a good representation of the dust and dirt on the farm. Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Burt Lahr, Jack Haley and Margaret Hamilton starred under Victor Fleming's direction.
9. (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?

Answer: Kevin Kline

Sitting clad in his housecoat, Cole Porter reviewed his life and loves acted out as a three part play. His delight with, and running commentary on what unfolded in front of him, often led one to forget that this was his death scene that we were participating in.
Kline's portrayal of the larger than life Cole was absolutely perfect. Kline is a multi-talented actor who has appeared in such movies as "Sophie's Choice", "The Big Chill" and "A Fish Called Wanda", to name only a few of my favourites.
10. (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?

Answer: A Knight's Tale

Very loosely based on Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales", this highly enjoyable movie chronicled the adventures of William Thatcher and the retinue of friends he gathered around him, as he passed himself off as a knight, in a time when that position was reserved for nobility.
Heath Ledger, Rufus Sewell, Shannyn Sossamon, and Paul Bettany starred, under Brian Helgeland's direction.
Source: Author skunkee

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