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Critic Reviews for Coquette
Vet silent actress Mary Pickford won her first and Only Best Actress Oscar for this melodrama, done better on stage with Helen Hayes.
The film is very stagy, the characters don't move around a lot, there is little editing within the scene, and the actors overact.
Audience Reviews for Coquette
Terrible, overwrought early talkie with a head scratcher of an Oscar winning performance from Mary Pickford. She's at least a decade and a half too old for her part and tries to compensate with preciousness. It doesn't work.
Interesting early talkie starring silent screen star "Little Mary" Pickford. She plays a Southern Belle type who loves a man her father hates and has forbidden her to associate with. When the father takes care of business his way, Mary is faced wth dilemma of lying about her beau to save her father or stick by her love and watch Dad go to prison. The acting was still very much in the silent style, with lots of extreme facial expressions and mannerisms. But the story was OK, and I had never seen Mary Pickford in a film before. She overacts somewhat, but if you squint your eyes just right, she was still pretty convincing. An interesting little piece of melodrama.
I finally see the great Canadian Pickford on the big screen. Not bad but not particularly memorable either.
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