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CHALLENGE! Take David Thomson's Second Stump-the-Film-Buff Quiz

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 31, 2012 at 3:46PM

San Francisco-based critic David Thomson, the brainy Brit behind the must-own Biographical Dictionary of Film, has now written a spanking new film history, "The Big Screen: The Story of the Movies." We asked Thomson to concoct another demanding quiz, this time derived from info contained in his new tome. He thinks this one is even harder than the last. Impossible you say? We challenge you to test your film buff cred.
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Montgomery Clift
Montgomery Clift


 
10.                  What do these have in common: Anna, Camille Javal, Jim and Junior?
 
11.                  Who played Elvira Puccini, Mary Queen of Scots and Henrietta Browning?
 
12.                  Who played Napoleon, Kristo and Ben Yussuf?
 
13.                  Who filmed the Galveston flood, a retreat from Moscow and the essential song?
 
14.                  Name three left-handed actresses.
 
15.                  Name three films where people have fun in small boats, and three where the experience turns tragic.
 
16.                  What happened to Loretta, Red Lightning and Brewster?
 
17.                   Name films in which these rivers participate: the Ouse, the Blackfoot, the Ganges, the Tennessee, the Seine.
 
 
18.                  Who said:  “I played the Advocate.”, “Nobody forgets Nixon, and it wasn’t so long ago.”, “Free of income tax, old man”, “Has anyone ever told you that you overplay your roles rather severely?”?
 
19.                  Who were patients to these doctors: Dr Jaquith,  Dr Kelekian, Alex Linden, Dr Larsen, Dr Alex Brooks, Dr Lewicki
 
20.                  He played Cardinal Danaher,  a munitions expert who stammered, a senior fire operative and Bob Assingham
 
21.                  Who stayed at the Hotel de la Gloria?
 
22.                  What did these women have in common: Gabrielle Gerard, Jo Stockton, Maria Acuna, Penny Carroll, Dale Tremont?
 
23.                  In what film does the business of Thomas Crapper appear?
 
24.                  Could it have been Mary Pickford and Montgomery Clift?
 
25.                  Who set sail on the Santa Maria and bumped into the horizon?
 
26.                  William Katt, Laurence Olivier and Mandy Patinkin – what do they share?
 
27.                  Who taught Aeschylus’s Agamemnon, the talking treatment, psychology and the Song of Songs, how to fold a napkin, and mathematics at Princeton?
 
28.                  What film did Mary Sinclair do so much to fund and produce?
 
29.                  Name  film titles composed of three adverbs, two and one.
 
30.                  Who was Nabby,  Maren Hontvedt and Nicole and will soon be herself?

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.