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First Hollywood movie with “flashbacks within flashbacks within flashbacks”?

In Super (2010), I noticed the weird concept of flashbacks within flashbacks within flashbacks. Which was the first Hollywood movie with the same concept?
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In opening credits for TV shows, why does it say 'with so and so' for some actors?

I am thinking of Ally McBeal in particular. For the entire run of the show the opening credits generally had clips of a character and the name of the actor that plays them. The final two actors (Peter ...
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What were the sea shells for in Demolition Man?

The three shells used in the toilets even confused poor ol' Sylvester, how were they used?
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How could Eisenheim achieve those reflections on the scene in that era?

In The Illusionist (2006), how could Eisenheim achieve those reflections (visions) on the scene? Even in one of the scenes, there was a (ghost) boy walking through the audience. Given that the film ...
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What is the meaning of the line at the end of Chinatown?

At the end of the amazing film Chinatown, Jake Gittes is told, 'Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown'. What are supposed to deduce from this? Is it that Jake is powerless to prevent or challenge what had ...
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What is the meaning of the Donnie Darko like Rabbit figure in Sexy Beast

In the excellent film Sexy Beast we see a figure dressed in a rabbit outfit similar to the one from Donnie Darko and I wanted to know the significance of this. It appears many times during the film in ...
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Why Are So Many Actors from “Rome” in John Carter?

I just saw the movie "John Carter" (and loved it). But I noticed that four actors in the movie who were also in the HBO miniseries "Rome". Does anyone know why? For instance, was there staff of "John ...
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Zombieland - What do main characters survive on during the zombieocalypse

I love Zombieland. I happened to watch it last week on FX acouple of times in a row, and I was thinking after the movie that it never really showed us about their eating habits and how they survive ...
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What happens at the end of “How to Rob a Bank (and 10 tips to get away with it)”

I don't really get the ending of "How to Rob a Bank (and 10 tips to get away with it)". To be honest, all of it is very complicated. But I think I understand most of the film. What I don't ...
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How is it decided which parts of a movie need background music?

I think the integration of music in a movie plays one of the key roles in producing a great movie. I have also seen some movies like the award-winning "A Separation" which did not have any background ...
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What was the line that David Prowse said on Bespin set?

In various Star Wars documentaries it is mentioned that Mark Hamill and George Lucas were apparently the only two people on set who knew that James Earl Jones would eventually dub Vader with the ...
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Why don't they align actor & actress names with their photos in film posters?

I've always wondered why they don't do this properly. It seems wrong to me to place a different name on top of an actor's/actress' photo. Why don't they align actor & actress names with their ...
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Why was it called Third Earth?

On the cartoon Thundercats they arrive on Third Earth from planet Thundera. It seems like it's an apocolyptic Earth and shares some myths (such as King Arthur) and according to the Thundercats wiki ...
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Can someone explain what 'Franklyn' is about?

I just watched the movie Franklyn and most of the time I had no idea what was going on and how the subplots fit together. Can someone explain what the meaning of the two worlds is and what the purpose ...
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684 views

A guy and a girl become colorful in a black and white world

As the title suggests the movie is black and white but two actors become colored in the b&w world. One of them accepts this but the other (the girl) begins to wear grey makeup to hide the fact ...
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Reference for 'headlight eyes' in Cars 2?

While watching Cars 2 (again) with my son yesterday, I was struck by the scene in which Mater meets a 'headlight seller' in the Parisian marketplace. In the scene, he approaches a car which appears ...
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Silent film created after 1990

As we know, "The Artist" was recognized as the best film of 2012 in the Oscar Awards. Is this the first try to create silent film in last 20 years or have there been silent films made without such ...
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Production company(s?) for “Face Off” and “Ink Masters”

I've been watching SyFy's series "Face Off" (IMDB) since its first season debut. Recently, I watched an episode of SpikeTV's "Ink Master." I'm not typically a huge fan of 'reality' TV so I was ...
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Why cutting an 'X' into ammunition?

I have seen this in a lot of movies and noticed it again now in "Taxi Driver". There is a scene where Robert De Niro cuts an 'X' into his pistol rounds with a knife. I don't know much about weapons, ...
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In the movie Inception, why does Cobb's passport not get stamped properly?

In the movie Inception, why does Cobb's passport not get stamped properly at the airport in the final scene i.e, the date was missing. Was it really intended and is there any implicit reason for that ...
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What is the name of the John Woo movie that has this telephone caller id tracing battle scene?

The main scene I remember is that some kidnappers do a sophisticated setup (which they are kind of proud of) to avoid tracing of the caller id. Basically they set up a battery of anti-tracing devices ...
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English puns in OSS 117, Cairo Nest of Spies?

In the movie, OSS 117, Cairo Nest of Spies, the spy defeats two Russians and the subtitles say something along the lines of They were "Russian" at me This makes sense in English, but the movie ...
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Which movie did top-to-bottom credits first?

One of the many notable things about modern film-noir Seven was its reverse credits (scrolling top to bottom, the opposite to the expected direction). I recently rewatched the brilliant 1950's ...
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Who was the boss?

In the TV show "Who's the Boss?", was the answer to the title ever mentioned in the show itself? Was there ever any mention from the writers of the answer to this. Usually a title is said in the pilot ...
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What rules govern how TV show opening credits are structured?

I've always been curious what decides if a credit is in the opening or closing credits. It seems loosely that cast (in order of today's "big name" significance), directors and financiers get the ...
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218 views

What is the title of this samurai movie?

The movie starts by a samurai walking through woods and practising his skill (he makes a few steps and then cuts through air). I also remember that a lot of the story revolves around him living in a ...
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What kind of tree is the giant tree in Downton Abbey?

In the opening sequences of Downton Abbey series 1 and 2 there is a massive tree near the house. When it appears in the show characters are often shown sitting on a bench underneath it. What kind of ...
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Explanation of scene in the Official Story (La historia oficial)

In the movie, when Alicia goes to Roberto's workplace to see him, there is a man who's nervous and very impatient about seeing Andrada. He's afraid of being put in jail, but Roberto and his co-workers ...
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340 views

Does George Lucas have a plan for how The Clone Wars series will continue into the movies?

Is there a continuity plan to end The Clone Wars Series and tie it up to the movies? As I imagine there are many unanswerable questions related to the star wars universe from the tv series. Or is ...
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What happens with Chuck and Sarah?

I just saw the final episode of Chuck and I'm quite touched by the end. I assume it all ends well since Alex and Morgan are moving in together, Elli and Devon are moving to Chicago and it seems like ...
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Why all the profanity in Deadwood?

When Deadwood was on the air, it got a lot of attention for its profanity, and as I recall, it had the reputation for using the F word more times per minute than any other TV show (and perhaps movie) ...
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191 views

What is the definitive ending to Kiss Me Deadly?

Robert Aldrich's archetypal film noir, Kiss Me Deadly, is highly influential and well rated by many critics. But the original version is said to suffer because parts of the very last scene were often ...
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What is the first instance of a disaster movie coming true?

Think movies like Twister, Dante's Peak and Hard Rain as general examples, but feel free to expand on them. Avoid movies like The Day After Tomorrow because they're not as clear-cut and may lead to a ...
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What is the name of this Vietnam War-related movie?

I am looking for a name of a movie that takes place in Vietnam or is related to Vietnam War (a movie describing someone's memories from the Vietnam War). I remember that the plot was focused on a man ...
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Language of the Moria password in The Fellowship of the Ring

At the gates of Moria there is a riddle on the door. "Speak Friend and Enter". Frodo then asks Gandalf "What is the elven word for 'Friend'?" who replies and the door opens. Given Moria is a ...
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614 views

Fellowship of the Ring continuity error?

I've watched The Fellowship of the Ring several times and am convinced that this is a continuity error but have never seen it documented. Can someone clarify whether this is an error or my eyes ...
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South Park and references to Mohammad

In the most controversial episode of South Park, involving Mohammad, did the producers Trey Parker and Matt Stone intend to show the face of Mohommed, or did they cave into network pressures demanded ...
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Who judged season one?

Jump City: Seattle often alluded to the judges, however they were never seen nor announced. I understand the show was tied into the Pro Parkour League but couldn't find anything on either G4's site or ...
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408 views

Which film was the first to show us the face of God?

There have been a lot of greek myth Gods depicted in film. Which film was the first to show us the face of the Christian God Jehovah?
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What is the real reason for the Joker's scars?

In The Dark Knight, The Joker told different reasons for the scars on his cheeks. Initially he said that his father gave him the cuts on his cheek as a child after his father performed the same act on ...
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Were any non-CGI movies shot in their entirety though a colored lens/filter?

This is a 2-part question: Is it technically possible to shoot a movie though a colored lens/filter? (as opposed to changing the image color AFTER the movie is shot, via CGI or earlier effects) If ...
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Why are most sounds dubbed in afterwards for movies, instead of being recorded live?

I've heard that sounds tend to be dubbed in afterwards, rather than being recorded live. Everything from walking to opening and shutting doors. What is the reason for doing this?
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387 views

First Hollywood (or at least made in USA) movie where Russian dialog was spoken by Russian speaking actor?

I was wondering what the first movie (made in USA) was where a character speaking Russian was played by an actor for whom Russian was a fluent (though not necessarily first) language, spoken with no ...
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1answer
241 views

What is the cinematic origin (first use) of a “Fortune teller will lose powers after intimacy” trope?

I happened to watch 2 movies in the same week ("Live and Let Die" and "Scorpion King") both of which had a common trope of a fortune teller virginal female who is supposed to lose her prescient powers ...
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What is the significance of a man sitting on the train engine in the last scene of “Live and Let Die”?

In "Live and Let Die", after Bond throws Tee Hee Johnson from the train window at the very end of the movie, and returns to Solitair, we see an image of smiling Baron Samedi sitting on the train ...
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102 views

Why isn't Dr Bishop consulted about the disc in “The Ghost Network”?

In the episode The Ghost Network from Fringe's first season, the object that is being exchanged is some sort of a disc that is capable of storing information. Dr Bishop has been brought into this ...
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What was the deal with the crazy Major at Fort Hays?

After Lieutenant Dunbar survives his suicide attempt in the beginning and gets decorated, he stops at Fort Hays to get his orders to go to the Frontier signed by Major Fambrough. After signing the ...
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4answers
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Why does Cobb use the spinning top?

In the movie Cobb (DiCaprio) tells Ariadne (Page) that the most important rule in choosing a totem is to make sure that no one else has ever touched it. This is emphasized with flashbacks showing ...
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2answers
413 views

What does the Theodore doll say in Alvin and the Chipmunks?

Near the end of the 2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, the Theodore doll speaks Spanish (I think), and I still haven't been able to figure out what he says after watching the movie 30 times. I've ...
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343 views

Movie where a guy loses on roulette

I remember some movie, I think it was from the 50s or 60s (maybe the 40s). The main character had found a lot of money or something, but not that much. So he goes and runs into a casino with a ...

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