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

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.
  • By Dennis Cozzalio
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  • March 8, 2013 3:56 PM
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FINALLY! The Answers--and Winners--for David Thomson's 2012 Impossibly Hard Quiz

"Is it too hard?" David Thomson asked me when he submitted his 2012 Impossibly Hard Quiz (to accompany his new Hollywood history, "The Big Screen"). I jumped into the rabbit hole for a few queries and thought if I gave it enough time I'd be able figure them out. Did I have that time? No. And when Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule quiz master Dennis Cozzalio abandoned ship early on I should have known something was wrong.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 13, 2012 8:15 PM
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CHALLENGE! Take David Thomson's Second Stump-the-Film-Buff Quiz

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.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 31, 2012 3:46 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Film Fan Story Contest from Film Society of Lincoln Center; Winner Gets Seat

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced Thursday a contest to find the ultimate film fan--and drum up some attention for their new state-of-the-art Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, which is set to open officially to the public on June 17, 2011. Open to film audiences worldwide, the Film Society contest will award the winner with a seat at the center, named after them, a friend or loved one.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 19, 2011 6:20 AM
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Winners and Answers: David Thomson's Stump-the-Film-Buff 50 Movie Questions Quiz

I commend all who responded, in part or in full, to David Thomson's first Stump-the-Film-Buff movie quiz, 50 questions strong, for your deep love and knowledge of the spectrum of global film, old and new. Twenty-four film savants submitted answers to all 50 questions, and two brainiacs got them all right. Two buffs weighed in with only one wrong answer, but the one who submitted first won third place. Four more got just two answers wrong. Thomson will send the three winners below a signed copy of his must-own New Biographical Dictionary of Film, fifth edition.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 18, 2010 5:36 AM
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David Thomson's Stump-the-Film-Buff 50 Movie Questions Quiz

San Francisco-based critic David Thomson, the brainy Brit behind the must-own Biographical Dictionary of Film, has not only updated a spanking new fifth edition, but has devised a nifty quiz derived from info contained in the book. "In my estimate it's challenging," he writes in an email. "but I think plenty of film buffs will have fun."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2010 6:10 AM
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Film Quiz: Six Drawings, No Stars

Artist Paul Rogers sketched images from his favorite movies and designed several sets of six pictures as tough "get this movie" quizzes. No stars. I got most of them, but was stumped by a few. One quiz is on the jump; or you can test your mettle.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 18, 2009 12:16 AM
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