Proust, cinematically speaking

On The Front Row blog, New Yorker writer Richard Brody points readers to a cinephile version of the Proust questionnaire. He calls it the Péron questionnaire after the film critic Didier Péron, who published it on September 17 on the Libération site. The Péron questionnaire, if nothing else, allows film fans to think about what they enjoy or what’s most meaningful, cinematically, in a rather off-center way.

Taking Brody’s lead, I present my responses.

The first image?
New York at night in Sweet Smell of Success

The film (or the scene) that traumatized your childhood?
Tom Hanks dying in Philadelphia.

The movie your parents prevented you from seeing?
A Clockwork Orange. When I finally saw it, all I could think was, “Why the fuss?”

Your fetish scene:
The split-screen montage in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.
 
You’re directing a remake. Which one?
Johnny Got His Gun
 
What makes you laugh?
Bill Murray
 
Your life becomes a bio-pic. Who plays the role of you? And who directs?
Jason Bateman. Spike Lee.
 
A film that makes you say “Never again!”
Socially, Z. Cinematically, Terminator 3.
 
The character who most sets you dreaming.
Dr. Peter Venkman (Ghostbusters)
 
The absolute filmmaker, in your eyes?
Stanley Kubrick
 
The actor or actress you’d like to have been.
Gene Hackman
 
The last film you saw? With whom? How was it?
Big Fan. Alone. Unfortunately oozing stereotypes; it should’ve been better.
 
If you were to adapt a book?
The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
 
The craziest thing you’ve seen on the Internet?
Glenn Beck playing demagogue and art critic.
 
If someone called you a cinephile, how would you react?
“Yeah, and…?”
 
DVD or more-or-less-legal downloading?

DVD (Kudos for not making Blu-Ray an option.)
 
The masterpiece that everyone talks to you about but that you’ve never managed to see.
The Sound of Music
 
The last image?
Elliot Gould walking away from the bungalow in The Long Goodbye.



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