Perfumed Garden: The Erotic Film Quiz

After a long period of procrastination, finally I have come up with the erotic and exploitation cinema quiz.
There are 10 questions with varied marks according to the number of variables and level of difficulty.


Submit the answers as comments. They will be visible after approval only.
Deadline 10pm Sunday.


The original manuscript of the Kamasutra autographed by Sage Vatsayana.

A return trip to Salo.

A lifesize replica of Rasputin’s you know what.


1. A timeless classic reimagined and retold by a maestro whose oeuvre was as controversial as his violent death… ID the film (Yes the arrowhead has also been censored for some reasons) 2 points

2. This classical masterpeice X is based on a concept A, that can be considered an andocentric and premarital version of B, a sexual subculture that gained prominence in a decade that is also serendipitously given an epithet that uses the same word B. However, the act of B has always existed in different forms and the two gentelemen C and D were the first recorded ones to have done the same.
X was one of the three collaborations between composer Y and poet Z.
ID A,B,C,X,Y,Z… 6 points

More importantly, why did I ask this question in this context?… 2 points

3. A fairy tale by Bhasa, a collection of stories told through a parrot, an epic poem about a marauding emperor lasting after someone else’s wife… How do you connect them to a person whose pathbreaking 70s film received a popculture reminder through a garish remake 6 years ago? 2 points

4. Easy pickings: X was discovered while working as a receptionist in a film production company. She went on to become the face of a genre Y that gained popularity in the 70s. While the genre waned in the subsequent decades, in the 90s a tribute was paid to the genre by a master known for paying tributes through a film Z which again starred X in the lead role. 3 points

5. Another sitter: X or “eroduction” is a cinematic genre. Due to the nature of local censorship laws, the display of genitals, and even pubic hair, were long-held taboos in the genre. This restriction forced them to develop sometimes elaborate means of avoiding showing the “working parts”. In order to work around this censorship, they positioned props like lamps, candles, bottles, etc. at strategic locations to block the banned body parts. When this was not done, the most common alternative techniques are digital scrambling, covering the prohibited area with a black box or a fuzzy white spot, known as “fogging”. Identify this genre. 2 points

6. Who playing whom? 2 Points

7. She met a guy for a short fling but soon got obsessed. They met again and the relationship moved towards the inevitable necrophiliac finale. This story was told in a 1975 film which mainly catered to the home audience. But a more explicit 1976 film was released by an acclaimed director which overshadowed the previous one. Identify the lady, and the films. 3 points.

8. Identify this highly acclaimed film. This highly erotic but eventually tragic film named after a food item is considered to be the most successful film ever in its homeland and according to box office records, 27% of the entire population of that nation saw the film when it was released. 2 points

9. She grew up under a sternly religious and abusive mother and much of her work is believed to be an act of rebellion against her early oppression. She got sucked into the world of pornography by the time she was 17 and discovered her “forte” by she was 25. One of her most popular work is named after a very wel known piece of literarature. While she gained underground superstardom in the 70s very soon but it also started declining after a while and which led to her own downfall and sad end. ID. (Incidentally, her name is also the name of the topmost film awards in a country) 2 points

10. Identify this lady. There is an Oscar nominated Italian film that apparently has a character based on her. But that is not the reason she’s here ;). 2 points

Happy Quizzing


Thanks a lot for you participation. I am delighted at seeing some new participants in this one. & I know some more people genuinely tried. Nevertheless, here are the answers.

1. Il Fiore Delle Mille e Una Notte by Pier Pasolini based on Arabian Nights. Pasolini was lated run over by a car multiple times and the reasons for teh same are still unsure.

2. A-Fiancee Swap, B-Swinging (& serendipitous that decade is also called Swinging 60s), C-John Dee, D-Edward Kelly… Dee & Kelly had a swinging agreement… Y-Mozart, Z- Lorenzo da Ponte… X- Cosi Fan Tutte

Cosi Fan Tutte is of course the 1992 Tinto Brass film & that is why it is here…

Sorry for obscure framing… couldn’t resist it!

3. Mani Kaul’s film The Cloud Door draws from the classics like the Sanskrit play Avimaraka, written by Bh?sa around 5th-7th century, the Sufi epic love poem Padmavat by Mohammed Jayasi in the 13th century and the erotic Indian tales Suksapiti… Aarti Agarwal’s bold topless act in this film was arguably instrumental for the decline of her mainstream career! Kaul’s film Duvidha was remade as Paheli in 2005….

4. X – Pam Grier , Y – Blaxploitation , Z – Jackie Brown by Tarantino

5. Pink Films… Japanese genre of softcore films with agonizing censorship…

6. Paloma Picasso playing Elizabeth Bathory in Immoral Tales.

7. Sada Abe, the epitome of morbid obsession with sex… the lady who committed necrophilia and chopped off the schlong of her beloved… the films are A woman called Sada Abe (1975) and In the realm of senses (1976)

8. Turkish Delight/ Turk’s Fruit.. the 1973 Dutch film by Paul Verhoeven who later made films like Starship Troopers and more recently Black Book…

9.Bodil Joensen, The queen of bestiality… National film awards of Denmark is called Bodil Awards although it is named after two other actresses…

10. Ilse Koch… inspiration behind the character Ilsa in those sexploitation films… as well as Winslet’s character in The Reader…

& Now the scores… (Yes it’s a tie!!!)

Brishbhanu Baruah 18
El Biswajit 18
Nayanjyoti Medhi 17
Manoranjan Malakar 15
Sukanya Lenhardt 13
Arindam Phukan 13
Suman Doogar 12
Mit Chowdhury 12
Mehdi Jahan 10
Biswajit Sarma 5
Jahanpanah 5
Aamil Syed Nayeem 3

The promised prizes will be delivered within 7 days via Kiki’s Delivery Service.
Thanks for Playing…

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15 thoughts on “Perfumed Garden: The Erotic Film Quiz

  1. Mehdi Jahan

    1. Arabian Nights by Pier Paolo Pasolini.
    3. Mani Kaul..??….Duvidha was made in 1973…it’s remake being Paheli, made in 2005…and yea…garish enuf…heh…
    4. The genre is ” Blaxploitation “….the lady is ” Pam Grier ” and the movie is Quentin Tarantino’s ” Jackie Brown ”
    5. Pink film ??…not sure tho….
    6. cant figure the actress….hmm…obviously havnt seen the film…the character seems to be Elizabeth Bathory tho..!..:D
    7. Brian De Palma’s ” Carrie”….and the lady’s Sissy Spacek who played the title role….err…thats the only 1976 horror film made by an acclaimed director i can think of at the moment.
    9. Bodil Kjer
    10 .

  2. Suman Doogar

    1. Arabian nights
    4. X – Margaret Markov
    Y – Drive – in epics
    5. Pink Film
    6. Paloma Picasso playing Elizabeth Bathory
    8. Turkish Delight
    9. Bodil Joensen ( Bodil Awards in Denmark)
    10. Ilse Koch

  3. Sukanya Lenhardt


    1. Il Fiore Delle Mille e Una Notte by Pier Pasolini. Arabian Nights in English.



    4. X – Pam Grier , Y – Blaxploitation , Z – Jackie Brown

    5. Pink Film

    6. Paloma Picasso playing Elizabeth Bathory in Immoral Tales.



    9.Bodil Joensen

    10. Ilse Koch also know as ” Die Hexe von Buchenwald”.

  4. arindam

    3)Mani Kaul’s The Cloud Door was based on Bhasa’s erotic fairytale Animaraka.His Film Duvidha was remade as Paheli
    4)X-Pam Grier
    Y- Blaxpoilation
    Z- Jackie Brown by Torantino
    5) Pink Film
    7)Paloma Picasso as Elizabeth Bathory in Immoral Tales
    10)Ilse Koch.Supposedly inspired Kate winslet’s character in Reader

  5. Jahanpanah

    3) Mani Kaul made a short film The Cloud Door whose film Duvidha was remade as Paheli in 2005.

    4)X- Pam Grier
    Y- Blaxploitation
    Z- Jackie Brown

    That’s all I could come up with, without googling.

  6. Brishbhanu Baruah

    1)Il fiore delle mille e una notte, or Arabian Nights
    2)A-Polyamory or open relationship, B-Swinging, C-John Dee, D-Edward Kelly, also known as Edward Talbot; X- Kama Sutra by Mira Nair; the reason being- The Perfumed Garden is the name of the quiz, and it is also mentioned in Kama Sutra.
    5)Pink Film
    6)Paloma Picasso as Elizabeth Bathory
    7)Sada Abe; A woman called Sada Abe is the 1975 film; In the realm of senses is the 1976 film.
    8)Turkish Delight
    9)Bodil Joensen
    10) Ilse Koch

  7. nogu

    ok the answers….from the bottom
    10.ilse koch,nazi,reader….she wolf of ss inspiration
    9.dutch or danish girl….forgot name….animal farm videos…jorgsen?
    8.turkish delight
    7,buji puwa nai…is the 1st part the plot?
    6.picasso’s daughter palamo picasso playing elizabeth bathory in the movie immortal tales….hope everything is corect…this is the only film she did
    5.pink film?
    4.jane russel?
    3.the cloud door(avimaraka)…mani kaul…..paheli…remake of duvidha
    1.arabian nghts
    2….B-swinging(swinging sixties)….C-john dee….X-mozart’s peice….Y-mozart….Z-?…could X be don giovanni…Z-loenzo da ponte….A-fiancee wapping?


    1. Arabian Nights (1974) by Pier Paolo Pasolini
    2. Let me guess X : Boys in the sand, A: gay , B: homosexuality , C: Casey Donovan,
    3.The cloud door is made by mani kaul. He also made duvidha. paheli is based on the same story.
    4. X – Pam Grier , Y – blaxploitation movies , Z – Jackie Brown
    5. Pink film
    6. Paloma Picasso playing countess Elisabeth Bathory in Immoral Tales (1974)
    9. Bodil Joensen
    10. Ilse Koch


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