THOUGHTS

1. Director Elia Kazan did not believe that James Dean would have been able to sustain the momentum of his career. He felt that Dean’s career, had he lived, would have sputtered out, as he was not well-trained and relied too much on his instincts. Do you agree with Kazan?

2. Which actors and actresses do you believe deserved to win an Oscar for a specific performance, but in actuality did not?

3. Which on-screen couple has had the greatest chemistry in cinematic history?

4. What makes a good musical?

5. What is the best silent picture you have ever seen?

6. Do you prefer the ending of the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire or the original stage version? Why?

7. What movie is your favourite biopic?

8. What has been the best Oscar moment?

9. What is the best screwball comedy?

10. Who is your favourite silent movie star?

11. What’s the best Hitchcock film?

12. What’s your favourite Frank Capra film?

13. Many people regard 1939 as one of the best years in cinema. Which of the following movies from 1939 do you consider to be the best: Dark Victory, Gone with the Wind, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Ninotchka, Stagecoach, The Wizard of Oz, or Wuthering Heights?

14. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall made four films together: To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Dark Passage, and Key Largo. Which is your favourite?

15. What movie is your favourite romantic comedy?

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