Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Color film of London in 1927; Quizzes—real artist or dauber? Faulkner or fake?

If you're hankering for the next season of Downton Abbey to commence, you can view what the characters would be seeing in a trip up to the London of 1927. Highlights of this mini-travelogue from the British Film Institute include Kensington Gardens (and its famous Peter Pan statue), Marble Arch, Trafalgar Square, London Bridge, the Thames, a cricket match, and an authentic London Bobby. The camerawork is by Claude Friese-Greene.  
Now that we've gone all Anglophile for the day, see how high you can score on this quiz, which tests your ability to tell a renowned artist from a Sunday painter. (I scored a measly 58%.) Returning to American shores, try this second quiz to see if you can discern whether a passage of text is a machine translation or prose from a work by William Faulkner. (I'm not a Faulkner expert by any means, but I did a bit better on this one, with 83%).

7 comments:

  1. Haha, I also scored a 58% on the art quiz!! I think I was mislead by all of the "Mall Art" as done by politicians!! As for Faulkner, I always found him terribly mechanical and sterile as it is!!

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  2. I got a 58% on the art quiz, as well. Seems to be the score of champions... I did even worse on the Faulkner quiz though (only 33%!)

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  3. A really lousy 42% on the Faulkner quiz gives me one more reason to dislike him. But I got 100% on a Poe quiz I found--can I average it out?
    Oh--the art quiz...let's just say I'll be decorating my wall with the famous art of Winston Churchill!

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    1. Interesting amble around London betwixt the wars. Would have liked to get closer to Lord Nelson..and what were all those gents looking for packed together in Petticoat Lane? (While their better halves slaved over the mutton, we are told).

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    2. I was wondering about that too ... were they on their lunch hour mayhap?
      Winston wasn't half bad methinks. Didn't he linger in the south of France, painting, after the war?

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    3. Frankly, I would rather have that view of Marrakesh on my wall than the faceless ladies reclining on a shore. (That sorta creeps me out.)

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  4. I got a 75% on the art and a 25% on the Faulkner. So that means I scored 100%, right?

    p.s. I wouldn't exactly call Hitler, Eisenhower, and Churchill ‘unknown’ artists. Practically everyone from the 20th century has heard of them.

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