Monday, 11 April 2011

Capital Celluloid - Day 102: Wednesday Apr 13, 2011

Piccadilly (Dupont, 1929): Prince Charles Cinema 8.45pm

This renowned silent film will feature piano accompaniment by Costas Fotopoulos and features a stunning performance by lead star Anna May Wong. Don't take my word for it - read the excellent Silent London blog:

"Anna May Wong fans rejoice. After a whole evening devoted to the actress at the Cinema Museum, including a screening of Song (1928), and the chance to see Pavement Butterfly (Grossstadtschmetterling, 1929) at the British Silent Film Festival, comes an outing for one of her most famous films – and one of the best London-set silents.

Piccadilly (1929) is a fantastic film, directed by German director E A Dupont and set in a glamorous, jazzy West End nightclub. Anna May Wong plays Shosho, a dishwasher who is “discovered” while dancing on the kitchen sink, and whose sensual routines propel her to fame as the club’s lead dancer. She wins the heart of the nightclub’s owner too, which provokes his ex (Gilda Gray) to become dangerously jealous. Anna May Wong is absolutely stunning in the film, which has been recently restored by the BFI, preserving the original’s striking blue and amber tinting and making the most of its proto-noir photography. This is a film you’ll really love, I’m sure."

You can read more details at Silent London here.

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