Man of the Century (1999)

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Fantasy-comedy about a young man who lives as if it is 1928 or so, and his encounters with modern-day women and modern-day criminals.

"Man of the Century" is a 1999 American black funny film directed by Adam Abraham. The film includes a clearly vintage aesthetic and obtains its humor from the cultural juxtaposition brought to life by its primary character, Johnny Twennies (played by Gibson Frazier), a newspaper male who behaves as though he lives in the 1920s.

The storyline revolves around the character of Johnny Twennies, who exists in the contemporary 1990s yet runs in a time warp, keeping the etiquette, language, personal style, and lifestyle of the 1920s, without the film ever using an explanation for his anachronistic personality. Johnny works for a failing paper as a reporter, where his old-world beauty and perceptiveness typically clash with the modern-day world's expectations.

The narrative eloquently presents the disconnection between Johnny's idealistic worldview identified by old-school stability and the cynical reality of a contemporary, fast-paced society. This distinguishing characteristic particularly emerges in his interactions with his girlfriend, Samantha (played by Cara Buono), his art dealership good friend Richard (played by Dwight Ewell), and his editor (played by Anthony Rapp), all of whom typically find themselves bemused by Johnny's out-of-era mannerisms.

Discussion and Themes
"Man of the Century" is epitomized as a black comedy, discreetly providing a commentary on the decrease of modern manners and the lack of charm in the modern-day world. The film draws smart contrasts in between Johnny's out-of-date romanticism and his acquaintances' more pragmatic mindsets, enhancing the notion of a lost sense of decorum and respect in society.

Johnny's discussion is adorned with 1920s-specific colloquialism, utilizing phrases filled with old-fashioned expressions and terms. He embodies an unflappable optimism and a simplistic ethos, often deeming modernity's negative realism as a difficult understanding of the world.

Important Reception
Upon its release, "Man of the Century" received combined to favorable examinations from critics. Gibson Frazier's efficiency was admired for his capability to bring out the comedic and emotional weight of a character trapped in time. Despite being largely a comedic movie, it now and then insinuates somber notes and sentimental discussions that slop the ridiculous humor, adding depth and subtlety to the overall feel of the story. The movie provides a distinct watching experience, integrating components of comic nostalgia with a commentary on society's downsides.

"Man of the Century" is an enjoyable exploration of a male lost in time, examining modern society through the lens of the past. It's a satirical, sometimes whimsical commentary about cultural clash and the shift in social standards in between the roaring twenties and the 1990s. The depiction of the protagonist's unwavering dedication to his antiquated way of life produces much of the film's humor and appeal, producing a remarkable cinema experience.

Top Cast

  • Gibson Frazier (small)
    Gibson Frazier
    Johnny Twennies
  • Cara Buono (small)
    Cara Buono
    Virginia Clemens
  • Ian Edwards (small)
    Ian Edwards
  • Brian Davies (small)
    Brian Davies
    Victor Young
  • Susan Egan (small)
    Susan Egan
    Samantha Winter
  • Robert Lin (small)
    Robert Lin
    Chinese Mob Boss
  • Yul Vazquez (small)
    Yul Vazquez
    Brooding Artist
  • Dwight Ewell (small)
    Dwight Ewell
    Richard Lancaster
  • Brian Kite
  • David Margulies (small)
    David Margulies
    Mr. Meyerscholtz
  • Anthony Rapp (small)
    Anthony Rapp
    Timothy Burns