The Films That Changed Filmmaking Quiz

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A good movie can entertain and inspire, but a truly great film breaks down barriers and transforms the entire movie industry. Take our quiz to see how much you know about some of the most groundbreaking films in the history of filmmaking!

What year did Cooper and Schoedsack release their groundbreaking version of "King Kong," which set new heights in the world of special effects?

The 1933 version of "King Kong" raised the bar for special effects thanks to the filmmakers' use of stop-motion photography, miniature models and trick camera shots.

True or false: Buster Keaton did all his own stunts in the 1926 film "The General."

The legendary actor not only managed to pull off an action-packed silent comedy with "The General," but also performed all of his own stunts in the flick.

What did detractors call "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" before the film was released?

During the three to four years it took to make "Snow White," critics often referred to the film as "Disney's Folly." Not only was the film a box office success when it was released in 1937, but it also broke new ground, becoming the first full-length animated feature with sound and the first film with its own soundtrack album.

What 1960 flick inspired the modern slasher flick?

Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" not only made the bold move of killing off its star less than halfway through the film, but also pushed the boundaries of sex, violence and other previously taboo themes.

How long was the 1903 film "The Great Train Robbery"?

"The Great Train Robbery" managed to make major filmmaking strides in its short 11-minute runtime, serving as one of the first motion pictures to offer a comprehensive narrative, as well as one of the first to shoot scenes out of order then splice them back together.

What year was the propaganda piece "Battleship Potemkin" released?

"Battleship Potemkin" came out in 1925 and told the story of an uprising of Russian soldiers, spurring several countries, including the Soviet Union, to ban the film.

True or false: "The Jazz Singer" was the first film to have sound.

While the 1927 film may not have been the first to have sound — it was shot as a silent film and the sound was added afterwards — it was the first film with audible dialog.

Which of these films won the Oscar for best picture in 1940?

The 1940 Oscars were a tight battle thanks to the many legendary films released the previous year. The best picture award went to "Gone With the Wind," making it the first color film to take this top honor.

How long was "Gone With the Wind"?

Despite a running time of 288 minutes, "Gone With the Wind" was a box-office smash, setting records across the U.S. At the time of its release, it was not only the longest film ever made, but also the most expensive.

True or false: More people have seen "The Wizard of Oz" than any other film.

Thanks to years of play on network TV, "The Wizard of Oz" holds the title of the most-watched film of all time, according to the Library of Congress.

How many Academy awards did "The Wizard of Oz" win in 1940?

Despite four nominations, "The Wizard of Oz" took home just two trophies, both for its music. The film was one of the first to be prescored, resulting in songs that are an integral part of the story.

Who starred in the 1950 western "Winchester '73"?

Jimmy Stewart agreed to a small salary in "Winchester '73" in exchange for 45 percent of the film's net profits. This strategy not only made Stewart a lot of money, but also served as the first such back-end deal in filmmaking.

What year was the avant-garde "8 1/2" released?

The 1963 autobiographical film about a film director combined dreamy visuals and advanced cinematography to inspired audiences and filmmakers alike.

What 1941 film routinely ranks among the best movies of all time?

The 1941 film "Citizen Kane" is routinely chosen as one of the best films ever by both critics and movie fans alike.

What was the name of Orson Welles' character in "Citizen Kane"?

Welles starred as Charles Foster Kane in the 1941 black and white masterpiece.

How old was Orson Welles when he made "Citizen Kane"?

Welles was just 25 years old when he directed and starred in the film, which broke new grounds in terms of storytelling and cinematography.

What was Kane's last word in the film?

Kane uttered the word "rosebud" right before he died, mystifying those who knew the aging press tycoon.

What year was "2001: A Space Odyssey" released?

The revolutionary sci-fi flick came out in 1968 at the height of space mania — and just one year before man walked on the moon for the first time.

What was the name of the computer that played a major role in "2001: A Space Odyssey"?

HAL is the supercomputer in "Space Odyssey," one of the most successful sci-fi films of all time.

True or false: "Jaws" managed to break box-office records despite being shown in only a handful of theaters.

"Jaws" was not only a major blockbuster, but it also changed the way films were released. It was subject to a massive advertising spree and released in 460 theaters on opening weekend, setting a record.

How many Academy award nominations did "Star Wars" earn in 1977?

The original "Star Wars" flick picked up 10 nominations and won six Oscars — all in technical fields — largely thanks to the film's advancements in computer-generated imagery (CGI).

True or false: George Lucas was granted 40 percent of the merchandising rights for "Star Wars" when the first film came out in 1977.

Lucas earned only $175,000 to write and direct the epic film, but the 40 percent merchandising ownership has more than made up for it over the years.

What year was "Jurassic Park" released?

"Jurassic Park" hit the big screen in 1993, combining animatronics, CGI and live action to bring dinosaurs to life.

What was the first full-length feature film made entirely using computer animation?

Release in 1995, "Toy Story" was the first full-length film made entirely using computer animation. It was also the first animated feature to earn an Oscar nod for best original screenplay.

Who played spaceman Buzz Lightyear in "Toy Story"?

The part of Buzz was voiced by Tim Allen, while Tom Hanks played pull-string cowboy Woody.

How much did filmmakers spend making "The Blair Witch Project"?

"Blair Witch" cost just $60,0000 to make and earned $249 million worldwide, making it one of the most profitable films of all time.

When was "The Blair Witch Project" released?

Released in 1999, "The Blair Witch Project" started the "found-footage" movie craze, inspiring films like "Paranormal Activity" and "Cloverfield."

What year was "Avatar" released?

"Avatar" was the first movie filmed using stereoscopic 3-D technology. It picked up a best picture nomination and became one of the highest grossing films of all time.

What was the name of the mystical blue people in "Avatar"?

James Cameron used cutting-edge technology to create the Na'vi people of "Avatar." The entire film relied heavily on motion capture, with 40 percent of scenes done with live action and the remaining 60 percent done using CGI.

What rating did the 2011 film "Shame" earn?

"Shame," starring Michael Fassbender, became the first NC-17 film to garner a wide release, leading to hopes that the NC-17 rating would no longer be the burden it had once been for major films.

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