Ildikó Enyedi’s magical film spins a tale of twin girls, Dóra and Lili, who are born in 1880 Budapest on the same moment Thomas Edison unveils his electric lightbulb to an excited public in New York. The sisters are soon orphaned and separated in childhood, and follow different paths: one grows up to be a naïvely idealistic, bomb-toting anarchist, the other a pampered, hedonistic courtesan whose paths cross once again on the Orient Express on New Year’s Eve 1899…
Moving at a dizzy pace between Budapest, Hamburg, New York, Burma, Austria, Paris and Siberia, this is a film of dazzling beauty and acumen. It is a modernist fable, a fantasmagoria of scientific, political and sexual revolution and radicalism, the birth of cinema, and the joy of life. Shot in luminous monochrome by cinematographer Tibor Máthé, the multi-award-winning My Twentieth Century attempts to claim back from the century of genocide the wonder of existence in a constantly changing world.
"My Twentieth Century is a number of wondrous things... a bracing combination of wit, invention, common sense and lunacy. Superb” Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Abundant with originality. A beautifully assembled collection of black and white images, it bounds along with unhampered, lively confidence" The Washington Post
BLU-RAY AND DVD SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
• Presented from a brand new 2K restoration of the film by the Hungarian Digital Archive and Film Institute, supervised by the filmmakers
• A new filmed interview with director Ildikó Enyedi, shot exclusively for this release by filmmaker Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio; The Duke of Burgundy)
• Booklet featuring a new essay on the film by Jonathan Owen
• New and improved English subtitle translation
• World premiere on Blu-ray
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