Dartmouth Events

Film on Demand: "The Twentieth Century"

Like Monty Python crossed with low-budget sci-fi and German Expressionism, this absurd take on Canadian history follows a rising politician obsessed with power and women's shoes.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
10:00am – 11:00pm
Hop@Home Eventive on demand
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Arts, Films
Registration required. Fee required. Tickets required.

Toronto, 1899. Aspiring young politician Mackenzie King (Dan Beirne) dreams of becoming the Prime Minister of Canada. At the Dominion School of Nationhood, King competes with other aspiring public servants to be the PM candidate in a hilariously absurd examination of aptitudes and bodily functions that would be prime Python material. There's ribbon cutting, leg wrestling, waiting your turn, identifying trees by sniffing their stumps, urinating signatures, endurance tickling, butter churning and, more gruesomely, baby seal clubbing. 

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. But his romantic vacillation between a British soldier and a French nurse, exacerbated by a fetishistic obsession, may well bring about his downfall. Culminating in an epic battle between good and evil, King learns that disappointment may be the defining characteristic of the twentieth century!

All Hop films are now presented virtually and on demand through Eventive. Once you rent the film, you will have until the last date listed below to watch it.
See our step-by-step instructions and FAQ for more information.

Free for Dartmouth students and Hop members. Get tickets here


For more information, contact:
Hopkins Center for the Arts
603 646 2422

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