Sunday, August 30, 2015

283 Quiz Answer

Critics have claimed that Leni Riefenstahl, Hitler’s favorite film person, was the greatest female film-maker of all time.

(Also for Three Word Wednesday and ABC Wednesday: "H" is for "haughty")

Here’s this week’s question: who was she ?

“She’s an actress, Fred.   A lot of actresses think they could make a film better than the director or producer.  That doesn’t mean you should let them try.”
“She’s different.  She’s seems to have some real talent.”
“Again, they talk a good game, but just because they were a success acting a part on the silver screen doesn’t mean they know anything about the nuts and bolts of film-making.”
“So let her have a shot at it.  She might do well.”
“You don’t understand; she's haughty and arrogant.  My people are complaining.”
“Who cares?  As long as she’s got the big guy everyone calls “MM” – which as you know means “Mr Master” - on her side, she’ll continue to do as she’s doing.”
“But it’s embarrassing!  She wants to run the camera itself – you know women don’t understand mechanical things – and highly qualified cameramen are expected to stand about and do nothing.”
 
“That’s right, and say nothing too.  If they’re unhappy tell them to go directly to MM and let him know they don’t approve of his way of doing things.   Somehow I don’t think they’ll take you up on that.”

“If we get the whole film community, all respected names, to let him know that this idea of an actress working as writer-producer-director of an expensive professional film is just not a good idea, he might finally agree.”
“You don’t seem to understand how things are done in this country.”
“But if we can show anyone the amusing things she does, or tries to do, it should change anyone’s mind.”
 “She’s trying bizarre camera angles no sensible cameraman has used before.  She had another fellow spend the day digging a hole deeply so she could shoot from a low angle.  That’s foolishness.”

 

“And she’s got a guy shooting film in a wheelchair, like he’s got both legs broken, even though we have perfectly good equipment for such stuff in the studio.” 
 
“But that’s the point.  She's elastic; she doesn’t want to work just in a studio, she wants to go outside.”
“Well, you can take it from me.  If she keeps up the way she’s working she’ll be going outside sooner than she thinks, and permanently.”

(The answer will be posted Saturday.) 

27 comments:

naturgesetz said...

I'm guessing (or is it some long-buried synapses firing?): Ingrid Bergman. It sounds like something she'd do somehow.

Altonian said...

I thought I would slip in behind Naturgesetz on this one, but it looks as though I might have got in first - always supposing it is Leni Riefenstahl, that is. Generally judged to be the all-time greatest female film-maker.

Altonian said...

Leni Riefenstahl, the greatest female film-maker, and Hitler's favourite film propagandist.

Berowne said...

Altonian came up with the right answer - twice.

Roger Owen Green said...

I'm going to just keep guessing women actor/directors until I hit it, or I run out of time. Ida Lupino?

Berowne said...

An excellent guess, but not quite the right nationality.

Hazel said...

Oh, it's Leni Riefenstahl. Good job hiding all the Nazi connotiations

Berowne said...

Hazel has just joined us with the correct answer.

Cat-tails: here be wagging tales said...

The infamous Leni Riefenstahl :D

Berowne said...

The right answer just showed up from Cat-Tails Here be Wagging.

Melody Steenkamp said...

I'm not that well informed about film-akers so i realy don't know but i like your entry, that i do know ;-)

Melody (abc-w-team)

Roger Owen Green said...

OK, assuming I figured out who MM is, Leni Riefenstahl

Bekkie Sanchez said...

Barbara Stanwyck? (I never get it right but it looks like her!)

Berowne said...

Roger Owen Green has just had second thoughts. Three names, two thoughts. And as a result has provided us with the correct answer.

Berowne said...

Naturgesetz, where are you? I was sure you'd get this one with no trouble.

naturgesetz said...

I don't recognize the pic. I made a guess, but it was wrong. I have no idea. Sorry. I'm sure I'll be embarrassed at not knowing when you reveal the answer.

Old Egg said...

I think this was Greta Garbo, a Swedish actress. Not my type in my pre-teens in the 1940's when I went to the flicks twice a week so I can't be sure.

Sheilagh Lee said...

Lena Riefenstahl~ German film director, producer, screenwriter, editor, photographer, actress and dancer directed films for Hitler; claimed she had no knowledge of Nazi crimes against Jews and Roma (though she called them the derogatory term Gypsies)

Berowne said...

Sheilagh Lee not only had the right answer but also submitted some interesting info on our subject.

i b arora said...

i really like your style.

Ira said...

I do not know the answers to most of your posts, but then the way you create that scene is worth reading!

DEE DEE said...

Leni? german Director?

Berowne said...

DEE DEE has the correct answer.

Berowne said...

Thanx to Ira and i b arora for some terrific comments.

Kathe W. said...

Tallulah Bankhead? This is a great post - love the story! And we always learn something new with you! Cheers!

Berowne said...

My cup is runnething over with such generous comments; thanks so much.

Kathe W. said...

Thanks Berowne---I guess I am skunked!

 
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