Miami Film Czar Harry Emilio Gottlieb Passes Take-Home Quiz

Who knew that Harry Emilio Gottlieb, a prolific writer of letters to the editor denouncing cronyism, was a Hollywood wheeler-dealer?

Why else would he get a $63,000-a-year gig as the man in charge of Miami's film and cultural affairs office? It couldn't possibly have anything to do with his close friendship with Mayor Tomás Regalado, could it?

Certainly not, Gottlieb informs Banana Republican, boasting he has more than 30 years of media experience and served six years on the executive board of the Miami International Film Festival. Those credentials ought to earn him some Howard Hughes-style recognition from the film industry.

Still, we wanted to test his Miami movie knowledge with ten questions about flicks shot here.

At first, Gottlieb balked. He refused to take the quiz by phone or in person. During a brief telephone conversation, he requested we email him our quiz. "To be honest," he huffed, "I'm not really interested in taking a quiz."

​We're guessing he was one of those kids who came down with a mysterious illness whenever a pop quiz was announced and probably peed with excitement when it was a take-home exam.

Because 24 hours after we sent him the quiz, he emailed us his answers. He got nine out of ten questions right, some with annotations. Zing!

Interestingly, Gottlieb knew which famous pop artist starred in the original 1979 Cocaine Cowboys (Andy Warhol) but had absolutely no clue which former city commissioner (Demetrio Perez Jr.) tried to ban the filming of Scarface in Miami. (He guessed wrong.)

Banana Republican couldn't resist and inquired if he had consulted the Internet for help. "I did not Google the answers," Gottlieb says. "When can I provide you with a trivia quiz about media and journalism and inquire about your New Times compensation and benefits?"

Anytime, anywhere, and on the spot. Read the questions and Gottlieb's answers (in bold) below:

1. Who directed Scarface
A. Oliver Stone 
B. Martin Scorcese 
C. Brian DePalma 
D. None of the above 

2. Which former Miami Dolphins player gets kidnapped in Ace Ventura, Pet Detective?
A. Mark Duper 
B. Mark Clayton 
C. Joe Rose 
D. None of the above 

3. Film production for which movie shut down the MacArthur Causeway for several days?
A. Bad Boys 
B. Bad Boys 2 
C. Miami Vice 
D. None of the above 

4. Cameron Diaz's house in There's Something About Mary is in which Miami neighborhood?

A. Morningside 

B. The Upper Eastside 
C. Edgewater (That wonderful house was destined for demolition by the condo developr but saved due to the efforts of preservationists and film lovers). 
D. None of the above 

5. In The Birdcage, Gene Hackman plays a: 
A. Senator 
B. Governor 
C. Mayor 
D. None of the above 

6. Rakontur is a: 
A. Film equipment crew 
B. Documentary production company (I did not see their film Cocaine Cowboys but I know several Groveites that spent time at the Mutiny that loved the film...I met the director Billy Corben at The U city hall screening.) 
C. Name of nightclub in Miami Vice 
D. None of the above 

7. Which ex-city commissioner tried to ban the filming of Scarface because the film depicted Cubans in a negative light? 
A. Miriam Alonso 
B. Miller Dawkins 
C. Demetrio Perez Jr. 
D. None of the above 

8. Which Miami Film Festival movie won the Academy Award for best foreign film this year?

A. El Secreto de Sus Ojos

(There is an amazing helicopter or crane shot from high above to individuals in a soccer stadium that everyone is trying to figure out how it was created). 

B. The Accordian Kings 
C. La Sangre Y La Lluvia 
D. None of the above. 

9. The scenes depicting Linda Lovelace in the film Deep Throat where filmed in which city? 
A. North Miami Beach 
B. North Miami 
C. Miami Shores 
D. None of the above (I seem to recall that Deep Throat might have been filmed at the Clipper condo next door to the Palm Bay Club or at Sepy Dobronyi's house in the Grove.) 
10. Which pop artist started in the original Cocaine Cowboys film from 1979? 
A. Jean-Michel Basquiat 
B. Andy Warhol 
C. Romero Britto 
D. None of the above 

* Correct answers: 1. C; 2. D (Dan Marino); 3. B; 4. C; 5. A; 6. B; 7. C; 8. A; 9. B and D (Coconut Grove); 10. B

Writer's note: Thanks to an astute reader for correcting us on question 9. So Gottlieb gets half a point for that one because Deep Throat scenes were also filmed inside Sepy Dobronyi's house.

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