The submissions have been scrutinized and the scores totted up — and below we reveal the answers to our fiendishly difficult Berkeley Film Quiz.

And, of course, we are excited to announce the winner: Jordan Xu who came in with a perfect 20 out of 20. Congratulations Jordan — a $25 gift certificate to the Summer Kitchen Bake Shop is winging its way to you. And many thanks to Berkeleyside’s fabulously knowledgeable film writer John Seal for compiling the quiz.

1. Which Berkeley resident has worked extensively with German director Werner Herzog?

Les Blank

2. In which classic silent comedy does Memorial Stadium (below) feature prominently?

The Freshman (1925), starring Harold Lloyd

Memorial Stadium

3. Which Berkeley-born thespian has been nominated for three Golden Raspberry (“Razzie”) Awards for Worst Actor?

Ben Affleck

4. Name the film starring a San Francisco comedian shot outside UC Berkeley’s Le Conte Hall in the spring of 1998.

Patch Adams, starring Robin Williams

5. Which Berkeley-born special effects expert has a species of dinosaur named after him?

Phil Tippett, namesake of Elaphrosaurus philtippettorum

6. Name the San Francisco-born star of 1972’s Blacula (below) who passed away in Berkeley earlier this year.

Vonetta McGee


7. Name the cinema that operated on Gilman Street from 1972 through 1989.


8. Which 2005 drama was partly filmed at Malcolm X School?

Bee Season

9. Name the UC Berkeley professor and expert in Scandinavian history who also wrote a book about slasher films.

Carol Clover, author of Men, Women, and Chainsaws and Old Norse-Icelandic Literature: A Critical Guide

10. Name the Berkeley-born pornographic film star, socialist, and feminist whose maternal grandfather defended The Scottsboro Boys in 1931.

Nina Hartley

11. Cal’s freshman rowing team is the subject of which 1935 short subject?

A Sports Parade Subject: Crew Racing

The Blue Lagoon

12. Which Berkeley-born actress turned down the role that went to Brooke Shield’s in 1980’s The Blue Lagoon (left)?

Melissa Sue Anderson

13. Which Karel Reisz-directed drama features scenes shot in the original Cody’s Books?

Who’ll Stop the Rain (1978)

14. Lawrence Hall of Science provided exterior location footage for which science fiction film?

Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970)

15. To which abandoned university building will Pacific Film Archive eventually relocate?

The former UC Printing Plant at 2120 Oxford Street

16. Which famous comedy, supposedly set at UC Berkeley, was actually partly filmed at USC?

The Graduate (1967)

17. Which film producer of award-winning frock flicks was born in Berkeley in 1928?

James Ivory

Berkeley High School

18. Which film actor, born in Southern California, briefly attended Berkeley High School (left), where he made his stage debut?

Timothy Hutton

19. The Dream Theater briefly operated in downtown Berkeley during the first decade of the 20th century. Name the current occupant of the same address (note: the original building has long since been demolished).

The Bank of America at 2129 Shattuck Avenue, though the Dream Theater had a Center Street address and was partially located in the Bank’s parking lot

20. Which Berkeley-set drama featured Ray Milland as an alcoholic professor?

Night Into Morning

Berkeleyside’s film writer John Seal writes a weekly movie recommendation column at Box Office Prophets, as well as a column in The Phantom of the Movies’ Videoscope, an old-fashioned paper magazine, published quarterly.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...