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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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Ildikó Enyedi

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Ildikó Enyedi
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Cast

Cast overview:
Dorota Segda ... Dóra / Lili / Anya (as Dorotha Segda)
Oleg Yankovskiy ... Z
Paulus Manker ... Weininger Ottó
Péter Andorai Péter Andorai ... Thomas Edison
Gábor Máté ... K
Gyula Kéry Gyula Kéry ... ékszerész (as Kéri Gyula)
Andrej Schwartz Andrej Schwartz ... Segéd
Sándor Téri ... Huszár (as Téry Sándor)
Sándor Czvetkó Sándor Czvetkó ... Anarchista fiú
Endre Koronczi Endre Koronczi ... Lift boy
Ágnes Kovács Ágnes Kovács ... Iker
Eszter Kovács Eszter Kovács ... Iker
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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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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Hungary | West Germany | Cuba

Language:

Hungarian

Release Date:

13 January 1990 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

My 20th Century See more »

Filming Locations:

Hungary

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$682,016
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Sound Mix:

Mono
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Trivia

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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Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012) See more »

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a beautiful film, but somewhat lacking in narrative focus
17 December 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

An accident of timing (and the lack of any quality competition) made this spirited but elusive Hungarian import a minor art house hit; certainly nothing in the film itself could justify the acclaim it received. The story criss-crosses the globe with an almost cheerful disregard for logic and consistency, jumping from New Jersey to Burma to Budapest to New York, Hamburg, Siberia and beyond, without ever settling on a common focus. Ostensibly, it traces the parallel lives of twin sisters born at the same time as Edison's incandescent light bulb; one grows up to be a fortune hunting, Bourgeois sensualist, while the other becomes a bomb-tossing political anarchist. But writer/director Ildikó Enyedi doesn't show much interest in character or narrative, and his script is never developed into anything more than an outline. Individual scenes are often amusing, but it's the goofball digressions (a chimpanzee interrupts the story at one point to tell how he was captured) that leave the best impression. The sometimes stunning photography (in rich black and white) clashes with the indifferently dubbed dialogue.


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