Time is a Cruel Mistress: Classic Film Images Photo Quiz, Jan. 2017 Edition, Vol. 1812
One of the odd paradoxes occurring with each New Year’s holiday is the assertion that it is a year later, when in fact it is merely the passing of a single day. It all depends on your point of view. The confusion may arise due to excessive alcohol consumption or perhaps, as a consequence of an insatiable need that some social misfits seem to have to fashion their appearance with unwieldy neon eye wear in the shape of the emerging calendar year while standing in a frozen celebratory square best characterized by the combined aromatics of body odor and urine. However, the question is that of time, its proper measuring and the use with which the sentient individual makes of it. Time can be wasted. Time can be marked. Time is also money; calculable on an instrument as basic as a Timex (“takes a licking and keeps on ticking”, bragged John Cameron Swayze, though the same claim quite possibly have been similarly made about legendary adult film star Vanessa Del Rio) or as needlessly excessive as a Rolex (the question arises: does one need a timepiece which will endure nine atmospheres if one’s Spring jaunt to the planet Jupiter has been postponed?). And with this bit of introductory hokum, we, once again, present yet another in the never-ending series of mind bender commonly referred to as the Classic Film Images Photo Quiz, brought to you this month by those lugubrious folks who advertise and market SKITTLES, America’s most nutritious breakfast candy. In this edition, we address the filmic concept of time; its nature, its length and its relativity, especially how it stands still during visits from unwelcome in-laws. Each of the following twelve images is a scene from a film in which time is a major factor. Your job is to identify the twelve films and report your findings to the proper authorities: reporting back here might be a good suggestion, but if you also wish to bug the switchboards at the executive offices of the ACLU and the DNC, go to town. The first to correctly identify all twelve will receive the impeccably coiffed CSR Culture Shock Award, the world’s only irony-free cultural bestowal. Good luck.