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The Saturday quiz answers

1. 1930s.

The Saturday quiz answers

1. 1930s.

The Saturday quiz

1. Which decade did WH Auden describe as "low, dishonest"?

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Other than being their first Western, this Oscar-nominated retread of a John Wayne classic is a typical Coen brothers' affair.

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Jeff Bridges finally bagged his long-deserved Oscar for last year's flimsy Crazy Heart, but he's better in this far superior film, the Coen brothers' refreshingly straightforward and faithful take on Charles Portis's genre-bending Western novel from 1968.

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