Just for fun, please let me know your answers to the following classic related questions. You’ll find my answers next to the questions below.
1- You’re holding a dinner party or picnic, which 10 classic actors and actresses (from any country) do you invite?
I would invite the following: George Sanders, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Takashi Shimura, Ava Gardner, Dirk Bogarde, Margaret Lockwood, Sidney Poitier, Nigel Patrick and Spencer Tracy.
2- If you could interview one classic actor, one classic actress and one classic director, who would you choose?
Actor: Buster Keaton
Actress: Ava Gardner
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
3- You meet someone who refuses to watch old films, especially those made in black and white, what do you say to them?
My natural desire would be to scream “are you serious!” at them and run away 🙂 In all seriousness though, I would start by asking them why they have such an aversion to classic era films? Have they ever seen an old film, if so what was it and did they enjoy it? I would ask for their favourite genres and recommend a few classic titles to them from those genres.
4- What are your favourite decades for classic film?
The 1940’s is my favourite. I also love the 1970’s, 1920’s and 1930’s.
5- What are your 10 favourite classic films?
The Passionate Friends
Heaven Knows Mr. Allison
A Patch of Blue
Farewell My Lovely (1944 version)
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Millions Like Us
6- Which of these actors do you prefer in Westerns? John Wayne, Randolph Scott, Gary Cooper or James Stewart?
I prefer James Stewart and John Wayne. I wish Stewart had made more Westerns as he got to prove he could play much darker/tougher characters than those he was famous for.
7- What are your favourite film genres?
Noir, Romance, Drama, and Thriller.
8- Dracula or Frankenstein?
I much prefer a certain charming and fanged count. Of the two though, I think Karloff’s Frankenstein has the more iconic look.
9- Your favourite classic adaptations of novels?
Little Women (1949) and Rebecca (1940)
10- If you could go back in time and attend the premiere of any film what would it be?
The Thief of Bagdad (1924).
I would also love to have been in the first audience for Gone With the Wind, Psycho and The Exorcist.