The Twentieth Century 2020

The Twentieth Century

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A silly, surreal treat for fans of absurd comedy, The Twentieth Century takes a sideways -- and often deliriously entertaining -- look at Canadian history.

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Release date: Nov 20, 2020

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Toronto, 1899. Aspiring young politician Mackenzie King (Dan Beirne) dreams of becoming the Prime Minister of Canada. But his romantic vacillation between a British soldier and a French nurse, exacerbated by a fetishistic obsession, may well bring about his downfall. In his quest for power, King must gratify the expectations of his imperious Mother, the hawkish fantasies of a war-mongering Governor-General, and the utopian idealism of a Québécois mystic before facing one, final test of leadership. Culminating in an epic battle between good and evil, King learns that disappointment may be the defining characteristic of the twentieth century!

Cast & Crew

Dan Beirne
Mackenzie King
Mikhaïl Ahooja
Bert Harper
Brent Skagford
Arthur Meighen
Seán Cullen
Lord Muto
Charlotte Legault
Angel of Britain
Matthew Rankin
Screenwriter
Menaïc Raoul
Producer
Gabrielle Tougas- Fréchette
Producer
Vincent Biron
Cinematographer
Christophe Lamarche-Ledoux
Original Music
Dany Boivin
Art Director
Patricia McNeil
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  • It ends up being a smashingly good and goofball history of the non-world of Canadian history and flim-flammery, deeply committed to its own colonial crazy.

    December 1, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • "The Twentieth Century" lacks the demented, all-encompassing artistic vision of a Maddin movie... but it's a welcome diversion and Rankin's send-up of Great White North Great-Man pieties is at times inexplicably hilarious.

    November 26, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • At a time when normalcy has routinely backflipped into a pool of insanity, The Twentieth Century makes perfectly perverse sense.

    November 20, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • These performances and several others resonate against Dany Boivin's sets like echoes, and that cohesiveness allows "The Twentieth Century" to achieve a degree of centrifugal force that holds your attention even after your eyes glaze over.

    November 20, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Rankin has given a rare, precious gift to fringe-trawlers starved for the next worthy cult film, its sick salaciousness supported by substance.

    November 20, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • [O]ne of the more vivid and amusing excursions in a year marked by unclassifiable realities and the need for diverting art.

    November 20, 2020 | Full Review…

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