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Thursday, 3 February 2011

Quiz question (14): Name the play/film/group

 The origin of this title is inspired by Cervantes' Don Quixote. You may be familar with the passage where DQ challenges a windmill to a fight when mistaking it for something other. When his lance gets caught in the sails of the windmill he is tossed aside and thinks he has been beaten by his 'foe'.
The phrase which forms the answer to this question was first used as the title of a play performed in London but never in the US. It later became a successful film starring Joanne Woodward and George C. Scott. Scott's character believes himself to be Sherlock Holmes. Woodward is a psychiatrist who becomes his 'Dr Watson'.
Now the name is known as an American alternative rock group formed in 1982 and still around. Name that play, film and group! (It's the same answer of course).


Dixie@dcrelief said...

"They Might Be Giants"
~ good one!

bazza said...

Doh! Hello 'dcrelief', have I done it again and made it too easy or perhaps you are very clever!?

John said...

Hi bazza,
I don`t believe it, one of your quizes that I know the answer to! `They Might be Giants`.

bazza said...

John: I thought this would be very hard to get. I have obviously inderestimated the knowledge of my blog visitors.

THE SNEE said...

Don't worry Bazza. Your quiz is still too hard for me. I had to look up the answer! This is a really fun question. I love how music, movies and literature intersect! Hope you and yours are ok.

The Blogger Formerly Known As said...

I’ve got a pretty good idea what the answer might be, Bazza. I’ll go for what dcrelief and John said. Suppose you’re going to think I’ve been cheating now? As if.

bazza said...

Snee: I suppose it's hard if you don't know it and easy if you do!
Have a great weekend!

Masked One: I absolutely don't think you cheated: I take everything you say as gospel (included all of the charaters and events in your blog!)
Enjoy your weekend.

There will be an update on Sonny next time.

David said...

Dear bazza,
I think the answer just might be...that if I'm honest I didn't know the answer to your question.
With my encyclopaedic knowledge of film you may find this surprising, but although I remember the film and the great George C. Scott playing a man who believed himself to be Sherlock Holmes, I really didn't have a clue. So, you can take some solace in the fact that even the great cinephile that is me was dumbfounded!
Hope that all is well with you and yours.
With Very Best Wishes,

bazza said...

David: I was thinking of banning you from entering! Thanks for your honesty. The next question will be more literary than cinematic.... and hard!
Have a great weekend.

Bluejun said...

Even though Make a Little Birdhouse in Your Soul is probably one of my desert island disks, I didn't get it....sigh. Love your blog, bazza!

bazza said...

Hi Meg, thanks for the kind words.
I love that song too! They have recently recorded some songs for children which my grandkids enjoy. You might also like Barenaked Ladies (they sing the theme song to Big Bang Theory) which, like the Giants, always has interesting lyrics.

Kelly said...

Well, damn, I might have had an actual chance with this one since I know my rock groups and I'm a big fan of George C. Scott. My two most favorite films of his are "Patton" and "The Hindenburg". The last one gave me nightmares when I was a kid after seeing it in the theater.

Anyway, cool question with a neat little story to go with it. Take care.

bazza said...

Kelly: Oh yeah, Paton was a great film. Scott was also wonderful as a general in Dr Strangelove. Very versatile actor.
Enjoy the weekend Kelly.

bazza said...

Just in case anyone didn't get it yet the correct answer was of course, They Might Be Giants.