From The Artists Studio
Strain your noggin no more. The answers to last week’s Rockaway Artists Alliance Test Your Art Knowledge Quiz are about to be revealed.
1. Two film studios operating in Queens are the Kaufman Astoria Studios where "Coconuts," the first Marx Brothers feature film, was shot and the Silvercup Studios.
2. Silvercup Studios, once the factory that made Silvercup Bread, is located at the foot of the Queensborough Bridge.
3. Many years after, Kaufman was rebuilt and the first film then made was "The Wiz." The studios are located on a 14-acre complex, which also includes Lifetime Television and Lifetime Studios, WFAN radio station and the American Museum of the Moving Image, along with various offices and technical facilities and a 14-screen movie theater.
4. "When Harry Met Sally" was made at Silvercup. It starred Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan and was directed by Rob Reiner (who starred in "All in the Family," which took place in Queens). Sally faked pleasure…eating a pickle… at a delicatessen. (Remember the woman in the scene who told the waiter that she would have what Ryan was having? That was actually Rob Reiner’s mother.) Other films made at this studio include Woody Allen’s "Broadway Danny Rose" and "Romancing the Stone."
5. "The Sopranos" is made at Silvercup. Soprano is not the voice range of the main character or the saxophone shown in the opening credits. It is the name of the family featured in the series. If you answered this question incorrectly, you will sleep with the fishes. Or is it, swim with the fishes? Other TV series filmed at this studio are "Sex in the City" and "Faith and Hope."
6. Tony Bennett, who is also an accom plished artist, is famous for singing "I Left My Heart in San Francisco." He is from Astoria, as is
7. Christopher Walken, who was one of the very talented actors in "The Deerhunter," directed by
8. Michael Cimino.
9. James Caan, Sonny in "The Godfather," is from Sunnyside.
The Queens International Film Festival takes place in Queens.
Well, I’m afraid that I have been staying up way too late watching movies and my eyes are all red and drooping. So you will have to wait until next week to read about the Queens Film Festival and a very talented writer/director/producer named Frank Chindamo, whose work was featured at the festival. Until then, see you at RoCA where "Gifted: A Holiday Member Exhibition" runs through January 11.