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Twentieth Century (Region 2)

John Barrymore , Carole Lombard , Howard Hawks    DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Barrymore, Carole Lombard
  • Directors: Howard Hawks
  • Language: Castilian
  • Subtitles: Castilian, English
  • Dubbed: Castilian, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005ZCFD8M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,328 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Crazy comedy at its best 28 Oct 2001
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After a slightly slow start, this makes you laugh as much as any film in its genre.
Carole Lombard, at the height of her quickfire-comedic powers,as hicksville wannabe groomed for stardom by Broadway tyrant John Barrymore dominate a fast moving crazy-comedy classic.
Barrymore reminds us how he might really once have been Broadway's greatest Hamlet with a splendidly controlled 'over the top' performance as Oscar Jaffe, Broadway impresario, allegedly based on Jed Leland, as were Olivier's Richard III and Disney's Big Bad Wolf.
A roster of familiar faces from other 30's/40's comedies complement a splendid cast, as well as the best stock situations you expect from these films.
Barely room to laugh, especially if you know theater types.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality screwball comedy 29 April 2007
This is one of the very best films of its type, a marvellous comedy graced by a typically brilliant and unselfish performance by Carole Lombard (notice how she always manages to bring out the best in her co-stars), and featuring a script by one of the most brilliant screenwriters of comedy to have worked in Hollywood, Ben Hecht, now sadly rather forgotten except as the co-author of "The Front Page". If you enjoy his verbal invention and unique American style of high comedy, a sort of Oscar Wilde meets Damon Runyan, check out "Nothing Sacred" which again features the wonderful Carole Lombard. Absolute gems. These films deserve to be much more widely appreciated.
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"Now don't be nervous, child," says impresario Oscar Jaffe (John Barrymore) during rehearsals to Mildred Plotka (Carole Lombard), a New Jersey shopgirl he's just renamed Lily Garland and thrust into the starring role of Mary Jo Calhoun in Heart of Kentucky. "You're not Lily Garland anymore. You're little Mary Jo Calhoun. The scent of jasmine is floating through the open window of a summer evening. You've just kissed your lover goodnight. You're full of...vibrations."

Lily Garland becomes a star. She and Jaffe have three hits in three years. Although Jaffe is drawn to shapely legs and mirrors, he and Lily become lovers. Then Jaffe makes the mistake one day of tapping her phone to make sure she doesn't stray. Before you can say "ham" Lily is in revolt and on her way to Hollywood by herself. She becomes a huge film star. And Oscar? It's flop after flop without Lily...until by chance they find themselves in adjoining staterooms on the Twentieth Century traveling from Chicago to New York. Can Oscar convince (or trick) Lily into signing a contract with him? Can Lily forgive Oscar? Will the "Repent for the time is at hand" stickers ever come off Oliver Webb's derby? Will Jaffe find the camels, the elephants, the sand for his Obermangau smash he's planning to have Lily star in as Mary Magdalene? Was there ever a faster, funnier and hammier screwball comedy than Twentieth Century?

John Barrymore was a great actor. He also could be a great ham. The two come together here in his amazingly funny, ripe melodramatic performance. He pulls out all stops, clutching his heart, staggering against a door, even picking his nose. When he lowers his eyebrows and glares, it's 100 per cent Smithfield. The screenplay by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur gives him some great, self-involved dialogue.
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