Flashcards in '90s Deck (13):
What critically acclaimed 1994 film was a box-office bomb on its initial release but has gone on to extreme popularity (and a #1 all-time ranking on imdb.com), thanks in part to frequent airings on the TNT cable network in the late 1990s and subsequent widespread accolades?
Which 1990s filmmaking movement was founded with the goal of minimizing modern effects and gimmicks in order to focus on storytelling and the actors’ performances? The movement followed a “Vow of Chastity” manifesto written by Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg, and the movement’s practitioners included Susanne Bier and Harmony Korine.
A dedicated group of Chinese American mah-jongg players forms the plot basis, and the title, for what 1993 film (and the 1989 novel on which it was based)?
Joy Luck Club
The mysterious title character of what 1996 film was, as it turned out, a Hungarian aristocrat named László Almásy?
The English Patient
Bill Murray plays a patient who follows his psychiatrist, played by Richard Dreyfuss, on vacation in this 1991 movie.
What About Bob?
Loosely based on what classic 19th century literature title character, Clueless heroine Cher describes finding a boyfriend in high school as "useless as looking for meaning in a Pauly Shore movie."
In 1991, the Cannes Film Festival presented a one-time Supporting Actor award specifically for this actor's performance, his breakthrough role as a drug addict. Name the actor.
Samuel L. Jackson (for Jungle Fever)
U.S. presidential candidate Bob Dole cited this film, which National Review ranked as one of the Top 100 Conservative Movies of All Time, as influencing his campaign because of its theme that "no matter how great the adversity, the American Dream is within everybody's reach."
After the Cultural Revolution ended, Chinese filmmakers known as the "Fifth Generation" were emboldened to criticize the Mao Zedong era. Shanghai officials banned this Fifth Generation film for its critical portrayal of communism in China and controversial content. However, after it won the top prize at Cannes, officials agreed to show a censored version, fearing an outright ban would harm China's bid for the Olympics. Name the film's English title.
Farewell My Concubine
Give the title of any one of the three films—from 1992, 1996, and 2001—that have come to be known as the "Red Curtain Trilogy." Although unrelated in terms of plot, they share the same director (his first three films) and lavishly incorporate traditional theatrical conventions and lush imagery.
Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge
The 1997 animated film Anastasia, which uses a similar scenario, features an adorable anthropomorphic bat, who shares a name with this (non-Russian) composer.
The 13th Warrior, a retelling of Beowulf with Vikings on the Volga river and major box-office bomb, is based on this Michael Crichton novel.
Eaters of the Dead