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7.7
/10
128 Ratings

Piccadilly

Directed by Ewald André Dupont
United Kingdom, 1929
Drama, Musical, Silent

Synopsis

The Chinese-American screen goddess Anna May Wong stars as a scullery maid in a London nightclub, whose sensuous tabletop dance catches the eye of the suave owner. She rises to become the toast of London and the object of obsession—and jealousy.

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Piccadilly Directed by Ewald André Dupont

Critics reviews

It is directed by Ewald Andre Dupont with great flair and experimentation. He puts the camera everywhere, from hopping a train to a POV shot from inside Wong’s eye and even shot-reverse shot sequences are an event, with long panning shots building anticipation between each reaction. Even when the melodrama becomes predictable, Dupont is not.
March 20, 2018
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What breaks the stereotype (the white woman and the Asian woman rival for the affection of the same man) and turns Piccadilly into an important melodrama, is its social relevance… Wong’s superior performance keeps the mystery about what she really wants out of life, out of the relationship. While Mabel breaks down and Jim is eaten away by jealousy, it becomes clear that there is a price to pay for crossing the colour line.
March 17, 2017
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Wong’s superior performance keeps the mystery about what she really wants out of life, out of the relationship.
March 17, 2017
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