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Fifty million people watched but no one saw a thing.
Quiz Show is a 1994 American historical drama film which tells the true story of the Twenty One quiz show scandal of the 1950s.
Film #50 of Project 90
”Sixty-four thousand dollars for a question, I hope they are asking you the meaning of life.”
Confidently directed, perfectly acted and delicately written, Robert Redford’s Quiz Show is a shocking eye-opener that portrays a world in which media and giant companies take control of public’s mind and trade the innocence of individuals for money and fame, it gets more powerful and striking as its story unfolds and with morally devastated characters who are getting crushed under the overwhelming pressure of their doubts it is a film of dramatic decisions and emotional challenges.
In a film like this – which relies so heavily on its characters – it is of utmost importance to have great actors…
I watched this film for Ralph Fiennes, and from that point I wasn't disappointed. However, the movie was bland, predictable (even without any prior knowledge of either the game show or the scandal) whilst being, as far as character arcs go, downright confusing.
File this one under "Simply Couldn't Care Less".
Revisited for a Scenic Routes column in which I basically call Redford a hack. Nonetheless, I still like the film overall, mostly because it's one of very few I can think of that overtly addresses the subject of toxic privilege. Van Doren finally confessing his role in the scandal and then being praised by multiple Congressmen for his candor, as vilified whistleblower Stempel watches in disbelief, says more about how power works in America than something like Arbitrage (even though I kinda dug that one)—it's not about money or violence, but about what others will automatically be inclined to assume or forgive, based on a surface impression. Still wish there was more focus on the inner workings of Twenty…
I can't really put my finger on it. There was nothing really wrong with Quiz Show, but nothing ever really grabbed my attention.
Shooter McGav - I mean, Jack Barry (Christopher McDonald) is the host of a popular NBC game show "Twenty One", where two contestants are placed in opposing sound-proof booths and asked varying questions of random intelligence. It's champion of 7 weeks is Herbie Stempel (John Turturro), "a face for radio" underdog champion who is now adored by the nation for the same reasons he was ridiculed for growing up. Watching the show on TV is a handsome well-educated literary instructor Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes) who gets the idea to enter the game show. The show executives…
I was prompted to watch film this based on Jeffrey Overstreet's comparison of its ending to the ending of The Wolf of Wall Street. I think the films are very similar to one another: both an attempt to indict and unmask American corruption on a systemic/corporate level. Also, they both play as a mirror for the American moviegoer, putting on display for the viewer his or her role in feeding American greed. Where The Wolf of Wall Street's lens was more nuanced in its perspective (Belfort as our guide/narrator and, in choosing how to frame this tale, Scorsese as judge of morality), Quiz Show seems to simply follow each character on his respective wave of greed and corruption.
There's something about the '50s setting, and the way the props and costumes are set up in this film that I really enjoyed. I generally like all types of things even slightly stereotypically '50s for their fun campiness, and while this movie isn't exactly fun, it still had this smooth, stylish, clean feel to it while also having this tone making the characters appear dirty and greedy. I can't fully explain it, but the characters seemed oddly different when compared to the backdrop and time setting. Not necessarily a bad thing, of course.
The last time I watched this was 3 years ago and I don't remember anything about it. I just remembered that I loved it and didn't know the reasons why. The reason why is I love this type of film. Films that uncover famous scandals in US history. You see the rotten side of human nature. Like All the Presidents Men and 8 Men Out. This film fits in to one of the all time greats. With great performances (Espically Ralph Fiennes), great direction (by Robert Redford), and a wonderful script and score (one of my all time favorites), It make it a must watch for film lovers of any genre.
Haven't seen it in a while, but it was one of my favorite movies in high school.
Cookie cutter filmmaking helped along by an intriguing story. (Also: "Hey, I thought we were going to get television; the truth is, television is going to get us" is a terrible line.)
I though this was a doc and likely would've preferred if it was. Cool story just feel like I would've connected better with it if it was presented in doc format rather than a reenactment
A surprisingly powerful tragedy. While I, at first, was not a fan of how the film juggled its three main characters, I loved how they all came together at the end to show how much this whole scandal robbed them of their souls, success, or both. The film plays almost like a safer, toned down version of Network, but based in fact. Watching how desperately the two former contestants, played wonderfully by Ralph Fiennes and John Turturro, wanted to be popular and liked was fascinating.
The acting is pretty great all around, with Turturro being something of the highlight. He walks a fine line between heartbreaking and pitiful. His early scenes made me feel sympathize with him, and his later moments made me feel bad for him and how little he cared about what was right, but what made him more successful.
To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from this, but it really surprised me. A very solid film.
Sophisticated screenplay, masterful performances, stunning photography, set design, and wardrobe are all offset by journeyman directing and a bizarrely patchwork structure and pacing. This is a movie practically begging for a radical Steven Soderbergh recut; the film kind of floats around, no real engine, no one main character, and no real "engine" to the proceedings. Still, there's enough there to really, really admire, and it's definitely worth a revisit. And holy heck is that Paul Scofield good; incredible performance.
Q is for Quiz Show (17 out of 26)
I have flown too high on borrowed wings.
1. The big sharks should have been caught!
2. This film is intriguing and entertaining. A must-see.
3. Question yourself, do you like to be lied to as long as you are entertained? do you like to be lied to as long as you feel loved? LOL!
08:25 am, Dec. 28, 2014
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