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Test Your Mettle with Latest Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule Movie Quiz

Photo of Dennis Cozzalio By Dennis Cozzalio | Thompson on Hollywood March 8, 2013 at 3:56PM

Yes, fair pupils, it’s time once again break out the books and study aids, loosen your fingers, sharpen your #2s and settle into your seats, for the bell has rung and work will soon begin on a brand new Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule movie quiz.
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"The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie"
"The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie"

Yes, fair pupils, it’s time once again break out the books and study aids, loosen your fingers, sharpen your #2s and settle into your seats, for the bell has rung and work will soon begin on a brand new Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule movie quiz. For this edition we’ve called on that distinguished lady of letters and professed expert on the Romantic Fascists, Miss Jean Brodie, who heads the Interpersonal Relationship Studies department here at SLIFR U. Miss Brodie has spared no effort (no expense required, thankfully, as the school coffers are too depleted to provide production value along with good questions) to concoct a genuine corker of a questionnaire which is sure to divide allegiances and facilitate shocking betrayals of confidence over accusations of cheating and excessive IMDb referencing, even if you’re taking the test alone. (She’s just that good at stirring up guilt.)

Miss Brodie would like to remind all participants that there are no correct answers, only thoughtful ones, though she reserves the right to arch an eyebrow in quizzical disbelief or outright cynicism if she deems your responses lazy, insufficiently elaborate or otherwise lacking in the standard of thoroughness and honor which is the hallmark of study amongst these hallowed halls. So, no pressure, only a reminder that the more windy and discursive answers are the ones most favored— clipped, blunt, one or two-word answers should be reserved for Professor Walter Hill’s upcoming class on Macho Codes and Aesthetics. 

Also, and this is very important, please be sure, when answering in the comments thread below, to cut and paste the questions along with your answers so that Our Dear Readers, to say nothing of poor Miss Brodie, don’t have to continually scroll up and down the page to reference the context of the disembodied answers you’ve taken such time and care to craft.

And be motivated not only by the desire to rise to the occasion of this momentous quiz, but also by the rumor that Miss Brodie has offered to bestow upon some lucky student, whose answers delight her most, one of the instructor’s prized portraits of Benito Mussolini as a show of appreciation. (There is also a rumor that the portrait will be signed, though whether by Miss Brodie or His Excellency Il Duce it is unclear.)

There you have it. Now, off you go. Do well. Pencils up, and begin!

      1) The classic movie moment everyone loves except me is:

      

       2) Favorite line of dialogue from a film noir?

      

       3) Second favorite Hal Ashby film?

       

       4) Describe the moment when you first realized movies were directed as opposed to simply pieced together anonymously. 

      

       5) Favorite film book?

      

       6) Diana Sands or Vonetta McGee?

      

       7) Most egregious gap in your viewing of films made in the past 10 years?

      

       8) Favorite line of dialogue from a comedy?

      

       9) Second favorite Lloyd Bacon film?

      

       10) Richard Burton or Roger Livesey?


Place your answers to these and the remaining questions of this quiz here.

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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.