Twentieth Century (1934)
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Flamboyant, egomaniacal theatrical impresario Oscar Jaffe (John Barrymore) transforms chorus girl Mildred Plotka (Carole Lombard) into leading lady Lily Garland, the toast of Broadway. Once she's ascended to stardom, Mildred/Lily cannot abide Jaffe's obsessive control of her life and career. When he hires a private detective (Edgar Kennedy) to keep tabs on her, it's the last straw. Lily whisks herself off to Hollywood, where she quickly becomes a top movie star. Months pass: without his
Jan 1, 1934 Limited
Feb 22, 2005
Sony Pictures Entertainment
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The movie is a veritable concerto for their remarkable talents, put across by Hawks with maximal energy and voltage.
A weird look at an actress with a love-hate relation with her outrageous, dominating director.
[Howard Hawks'] mix of frantic pacing, whiplash shifts in tone and devil-may-care direction of glamorous stars in wacky parts launched the defining comedy genre of the thirties.
One of the sharpest ever comedy film scripts is turned in by Charles MacArthur and Ben Hecht.
Often credited as the first screwball comedy… an acerbic satire of show-business ego and superficiality.
Classic screwball romance between overbearing Broadway producer and his gorgeous but empty headed protege
Funny, but it gets too repetitious in the last act and slowly crumbles into the relatively obscure minor work it has become today.
Less a backstage farce than prototypical screwball, Howard Hawks' brilliantly funny Twentieth Century set the stage for the subgenre that most consider the peak of American screen humor.
Casually reverses and undermines its frumpy thesis by validating the effortlessly supple benefits of the seventh art.
Hawks was gifted above all at this kind of fast-paced farce, and somehow made it work without the aid of padding or rest periods.
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