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50 Movies By 50 Directors Quiz
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Mar 29th, 2012 at 20:08 GMT
I think the Coen Brothers and Powell and Pressburger accidentally got switched. When I clicked on Joel and Ethan Coen for Blood Simple it was marked as wrong and the same thing happened with Powerr and Pressburger for Black Narcissus.
Mar 29th, 2012 at 20:12 GMT
I know something is wrong there, but everything seems to be correct in the game data. Anyway, I put just Joel Coen and Michael Powell and it works fine.
Mar 30th, 2012 at 04:34 GMT
Great list, and great game.
Mar 31st, 2012 at 00:29 GMT
It's great to see a film quiz that isn't just the same old list of popular American movies made after 1970 plus The Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind. Particularly nice to see some recognition for that brilliant dingbat Alejandro Jodorowsky!
Mar 31st, 2012 at 16:51 GMT
@K7vn: Change the "&" on Joel & Ethan Coen to "and" to make it work. (It's a bug, they're working on it.) Never seen Powell without Pressburger. It looked weird. Great selection. Hope to see more.
Apr 1st, 2012 at 03:56 GMT
What threw me off here was the fact that it was sorted by first name. My instinct would go "Antonioni!" and then immediately head towards the beginning of the list. Great game!
Apr 1st, 2012 at 09:57 GMT
I don't see an option to sort it by last name or something... I'm new at this.
Apr 5th, 2012 at 07:19 GMT
i wish they wouldn't dissappear after you guess it and it goes away. a very tough quiz, but i wish that the movie wouldn't dissappear, but it would still count against me because i used a guess.
Apr 7th, 2012 at 00:28 GMT
Might be tougher if you used some more obscure films for the better known directors - say The Killing for Kubrick or Topaz for Hitchcock. Especially the foreign directors I found a lot of their films were the most obvious ones available - Metropolis, 8 1/2, Seven Samurai. Like the concept though.
Apr 9th, 2012 at 15:40 GMT
Yes, I thought of that, but maybe it would have been too difficult for some people. I could make a sequel to this quiz, one with more obscure films and directors. Not sure if it would get picked though.
Jun 21st, 2012 at 12:01 GMT
Pretty easy for anyone interested in films.
Game published: Apr 15th, 2013 at 15:00 GMT
Apr 15th, 2013 at 15:38 GMT
Great quiz! killed my work productivity, 10 minutes for the quiz, and then I spent another 40 minutes looking up movies and directors.
Apr 15th, 2013 at 15:52 GMT
If there is a followup quiz, I will, again, be looking for Pedro Almovodar.
Apr 15th, 2013 at 15:54 GMT
Loved this quiz and look forward to a sequel!
Apr 15th, 2013 at 16:41 GMT
Can you provide the original titles for translated names? _Un chien andalou_ is rarely translated to English as An Andalusian Dog so it took me a while to connect that to its director.
Apr 15th, 2013 at 16:48 GMT
Have to second jbphillips, some of these are much better known by their foreign titles. There's no need to translate and translating actually obscures some of them.
Apr 15th, 2013 at 16:53 GMT
The Ed Wood clue threw me for just a second. I was trying to think of movies directed by Ed Wood.
Apr 15th, 2013 at 17:23 GMT
Awesome quiz. It's times like these I think goodness for the Criterion Collection. I don't think I would have known so many of these if it wasn't for them.
Apr 15th, 2013 at 17:44 GMT
I have a quiz just like this but it isn't clickable http://www.sporcle.com/games/abh273/movie-series-by-director
Apr 15th, 2013 at 20:23 GMT
I switched Un Chien Andalou, thanks for that feedback. If there are other specific foreign titles that are rarely translated, don't hesitate to use the "report a mistake" link below and we'll investigate.
Apr 15th, 2013 at 22:52 GMT
49 men, one woman. Tells you something about the film industry.
Apr 15th, 2013 at 23:48 GMT
@courbet. That women can't direct? Just kidding.
Apr 15th, 2013 at 23:58 GMT
Army of Shadows is an amazing film, by the way
Apr 16th, 2013 at 02:13 GMT
@DarkPhalanx: Agreed, and I'll add that most of these are amazing. I can't recommend 'The Decalogue' enough, even if you're not religious. Simply beautiful (although I will note that it was more of a 10-part miniseries rather than a movie, but whatevs).
Apr 16th, 2013 at 11:06 GMT
For the people asking about a sequel to this quiz, I already did an advanced edition some time ago: http://www.sporcle.com/games/K7vn/50-movies-by-50-directors---advanced-edition
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Apr 16th, 2013 at 11:33 GMT
@courbet, to an extent what your implying is true but men seem to have a more creative eye for these sorts of things in general, hence why so many of the great artists and chefs are men. Much of it is down to generations of sexism but there are many female authors and poets from these times so there must be a degree of suitability towards a man's brain when it comes to film making.
Apr 16th, 2013 at 13:28 GMT
@matt01, when you consider the very large number of people on earth, and the very small percentage of them who ever actually get a movie made, it's very dangerous to consider that "a man's brain" is particularly "suited" for it. The math just doesn't work. There are differences in neuroanatomy between men and women, but if you can't point to a specific brain region, it makes a lot more sense to look at culture first.
Apr 16th, 2013 at 13:29 GMT
@matt01 - or maybe it's because, for the most part, film directors (and chefs) work as part of a system, where they are required to manage a staff and a "project" and need to be entrusted by studios or corporations; authors and poets are generally more independent. I don't know how you can look at the difference in those situations and attribute it to anything other than opportunity (or lack thereof).
Apr 16th, 2013 at 13:45 GMT
@gwynn19 @JoeMurphy Actually read what I said, Generations of sexism and cultural influences are a massive reason as to why but we are more visually stimulated, we absorb information and produce an outcome and evaluate things more and in a more direct fashion. Women are better at creating new thoughts and evaluations on smaller information, we use the left side of our brain more prominently, women have a better balance. This means there are going to be SLIGHTLY more men as directors or chefs, and more girls as writers. Culture and oppression are the main reasons for such a differencial but there are other reasons too, that's all I was alluding to.
Apr 16th, 2013 at 18:33 GMT
@DarkPhalanx: Another agree here, tho it was something of a departure for J-P M, albeit somewhat personal since he was in the French Resistance during WW2. I assume u've checked out his great crime/caper films--as good as any of that genre from Hollywood in the 50's and 60's.
Apr 17th, 2013 at 04:23 GMT
Nice variety, but it is almost blasphemy, especially for someone who clearly knows their movies, to leave off Howard Hawks entirely just for the sake of including Scarface for Brian DePalma! I would have like to use Dressed to Kill for him anyway.
Apr 17th, 2013 at 19:06 GMT
@matt01 - people like you are the reason there aren't more women in those posittions. You are sexist and try to justify it with false logic and fiction.
Apr 19th, 2013 at 13:54 GMT
@lynnline No I'm not, women are far more mature and better at life than most men, and are better at as much things as men are better than women at doing. If I was sexist I would say men are better at everything, which is rubbish.
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