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Twentieth Century (20th Century)

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Starring (View all)
John Barrymore John Barrymore
Oscar Jaffe
Carole Lombard Carole Lombard
Lily Garland formerly Mildred Plotka
Walter Connolly Walter Connolly
Oliver Webb
Roscoe Karns Roscoe Karns
Owen O'Malley
Ralph Forbes Ralph Forbes
George Smith
Charles Lane Charles Lane
Max Jacobs
Etienne Girardot Etienne Girardot
Matthew J. Clark
Dale Fuller Dale Fuller
Sadie


Written by (View all)
Ben Hecht Ben Hecht
(screenplay) and
Charles MacArthur Charles MacArthur
(screenplay)


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Overacting at its Finest

10 years, 10 months ago at Jul 14 23:22
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John Barrymore in Twentieth Century. Simply put. Every once in a while I may stumble upon a screen performance which leaves an indelible impression, brings me new levels of respect towards a performer and to even write a review. That’s the effect John Barrymore’s tour de force had on me in Twentieth Century. Barrymore is an absolute beast as the egomaniac Oscar Jaffe delivering one of my favou... read more

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3 years, 8 months ago at Sep 6 16:48
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(OK) Hawks improving his comedy skills. Barrymore is a mischieving genious toying with Lombard. The train is a good vehicle de fasten rythm and proceedings...
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A flamboyant Broadway impresario who has fallen on hard times tries to get his former lover, now a Hollywood diva, to return and resurrect his failing career.
Release date: 11 May 1934
UPC: 043396106710
Tags: Romance (6), Screwball (5), Comedy (5), 1930s (4), Train (3), 1934 (3), Actress (3), Director (3), Drunkenness (2), Pre-code (2), Sort (2), Comedies (2), Actresses (2), On-the-road (2), Vintage (2), Trains (2), Actors (2), Usa (2), Recommended (1)
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Mustanaamio7's Movie Diary 2024 (105 movies items)

"2.1. 2024 The story of "Twentieth Century" is set in the film industry and it revolves around gender roles, just like Hawks's other comedies. It is quite progressive for its time. The actress in the film, played by Carole Lombard, is an admirably multi-dimensional character: first she is abused by producer, then she marries the producer, and then she recognizes her self-worth and wants to put a stop on his controlling behavior, and all of these different dimensions of her character are executed"


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"Twentieth Century is a fundamental screwball-comedy, that upon its 1934 release, set the highest standard possible for future ventures in the genre. John Barrymore is an extravagant theater producer trying to win back his ex-lover, a successful actress ( Carole Lombard), in hopes of getting his career on track. Director Howard Hawks created a world set to a frantic speed; Barrymore is loud, annoying and absolutely hilarious. Lombard works as the straight-man, if there’s even such a thing in s"


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"“Of all my grandfather’s movies, Twentieth Century might be my favorite…. I always love films poke fun at actors. In this film, my grandfather says things like, ‘I never thought I’d stoop so low as to become an actor.’ Actors are very eccentric, to say it in the nicest way.” - Drew Barrymore “This is the movie in which Carole Lombard emerged as a really first-rate comedienne…. I also find it very poignant that this is the last important film John Barrymore ever starred in…."


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“(OK) Hawks improving his comedy skills. Barrymore is a mischieving genious toying with Lombard. The train is a good vehicle de fasten rythm and proceedings...” read more

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“John Barrymore in Twentieth Century. Simply put. Every once in a while I may stumble upon a screen performance which leaves an indelible impression, b”

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"THE CLASSICS YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN BY NOW John Barrymore It must have taken a lot of energy to star in a great screwball comedy. Watch Rosalind Russell in the second half of His Girl Friday, for example. At a screwball climax, the situation runs at a fever pitch, and the actors have to keep up with the pace. Sometimes, the great screwball films feel designed to keep the audience in a continuous belly laugh for their duration. One such performance is John Barrymore’s in Howard Hawks’ screwball"



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