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Piccadilly Reviews

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Robert Pardi
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Dupont's stunning evocation of London's roaring twenties would be of cinematic interest even without Wong; but her sultry presence makes this backstage melodrama a must-see.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 2, 2011
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Dupont has an original way of employing camera movement to suggest erotic chemistry between characters, and Wong, who even provoked a rave notice from Walter Benjamin, is as memorable and confident as Louise Brooks was in the films of G.W. Pabst.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 2, 2011
Variety Staff
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Music is the usual medley of pop dance stuff, with the cabaret set about the best thing in the production. Camerawork on close-ups is excellent.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009

Time Out
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The melodramatic machinations of the plot may be weak, but Dupont's assured direction, Alfred Jünge's art direction, and Werner Brandes' lighting create an atmosphere so hauntingly evocative as to be satisfying in itself.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the overlooked great classic silent films.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A

April 28, 2005
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

It's difficult to imagine a Hollywood production allowing an Asian star to be as commanding as Wong is in Piccadilly.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

February 24, 2005


A drama of sexual and racial politics set against the buzz of jazz-age London culture, Piccadilly is an incredibly modern silent film featuring a career-best performance from Anna May Wong.

Full Review Source: Film4

July 3, 2004
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
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A swinging London club; the breakup of a famous performing couple; a well-known dancer being replaced by one younger and more exotic; a murder. All juicy fodder for plot, and it's a good thing.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 23, 2004
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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[Wong's] role of Shosho, the red-hot dancing star of London's Piccadilly nightclub, shows her at her dramatic and erotic peak.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 25, 2004
James Verniere
Boston Herald

A sophisticated exploration of racial and sexual taboos.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 24, 2004
Janice Page
Boston Globe
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Wong is the kind of gorgeous that burns right through a camera lens, and the kind of mesmerizing that seems without effort or end.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 19, 2004
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

[Wong] is not top billed, but her entrance in Piccadilly -- and her general presence -- make her the star.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 4/4

March 8, 2004
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Wong has acquired a loyal cult following over the years, and Dupont's exquisitely filmed episodes show why.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 4/4

January 22, 2004
Phil Hall
Film Threat

A wonderfully entertaining last hurrah from England's silent cinema.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4.5/5

October 1, 2003
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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A visually eloquent and sometimes dazzling backstage melodrama.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 30, 2003

TIME Magazine
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Like most English pictures, the drama is crudely shaped and conventionally directed. Anna May Wong does the best acting.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

February 2, 2011
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 2/5

July 25, 2005
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