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My Twentieth Century (1989)

Az én XX. századom (original title)
Separated identical twins ride an Orient Express unaware of each other: a feminist anarchist and a hedonistic courtesan, living under the powder-keg Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Separate ... See full summary »

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ékszerész (as Kéri Gyula)
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Ágnes Kovács ...
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Separated identical twins ride an Orient Express unaware of each other: a feminist anarchist and a hedonistic courtesan, living under the powder-keg Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. Separate families adopted the impoverished orphans. At the dawn of the 20th Century the double-blind experiment hits crescendo for Dora & Lili, born the evening Edison unveiled his incandescent bulb. In 1900, technology was accelerating, could women's rights and national self-determination keep pace? Written by David Stevens

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13 January 1990 (Japan)  »

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Voted as one of the "12 Best Hungarian Films" ("New Budapest 12") by Hungarian filmmakers and critics in 2000. See more »

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Pretentious, unsatisfying film
21 June 2015 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

The Hungarian film Az én XX. századom was shown in the U.S. with the title "My Twentieth Century (1989)." It was written and directed by Ildikó Enyedi.

We had high hopes for this movie. It won the Cannes Film Festival Camera D'Or, and--at least according to the VCR sleeve--both Gene Siskel and Vincent Canby really liked it. I thought it was terrible.

The plot sounds promising. Identical twin girls are separated when they are young, and follow different paths in life. One is sensuous and beautiful, and becomes a highly paid courtesan. The other one is less attractive, and becomes an anarchist revolutionary. (The lovely actor Dorota Segda plays both roles. It's amazing what makeup, costuming, and good acting can accomplish. You accept her as two different people.)

However, beyond the potentially interesting plot concept, and the good acting by the Ms. Segda, there's nothing worthwhile that I could find in this movie. We hear talking angels, a donkey wanders through, there's a dog with electrodes in his head, and Thomas Edison repeatedly asks the crowd to hush so he can make his pompous announcements. Even a helicopter makes a brief cameo appearance.

Some IMDb reviewers have found this film beautiful. Others have found it profoundly symbolic. I'm not sure they watched the same movie that I watched. We saw the film at home. There's no real scenic grandeur, so my guess is that it wouldn't work any better on the large screen. It wouldn't work any better in color. It would probably work just as well without subtitles. Maybe better. "My Twentieth Century" is a waste of time. Avoid it.


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