My Twentieth Century
Az én XX századom
1989, Ildikó Enyedi, Hungary, 104 min.
With Dorota Segda, Oleg Yankovskiy
- Fri, Dec 20th 6:00pm
- Mon, Dec 23rd 7:45pm
"A bracing combination of wit, invention, common sense, and lunacy...enormously good-humored."—Vincent Canby, The New York Times
Endeyi's dazzling debut begins, like the history of cinema and the twentieth century itself, in a blaze of electric light, presided over by that modern Prometheus, Thomas Edison. The plot, full of exotic locales and shameless coincidences, revolves around twin girls abandoned and separated in infancy. One grows up into a high-living, hedonistic jewel thief, the other into a poor but idealistic political agitator. Their marvelous adventures form the springboard for a magic-carpet ride through modern history. The twentieth century, no less than the light bulb or the cinema, was an invention, and Enyedi recaptures it in a mischievous mixture of newsreel and fairy tale, life and movies, politics and erotics, pioneer feminism and Victorian melodrama. In Hungarian with English subtitles. New 4K DCP digital restoration. (MR)