Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies (2008)

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"Mary Pickford, The Muse of the Movies" traces the life and work of this legendary silent film star, movie pioneer, and keen businesswoman. Pickford's life (1892-1979) also parallels an even larger story, telling of the "birth of the cinema" itself. Pickford co-created United Artists Studios, spearheaded the founding of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as established the Motion Picture Retirement Home. Mary, known as "America's Sweetheart" was the first actress to earn one million dollars, and only star to ever receive a 50% profit share of her movies. She was the first actor, male or female, to have her name placed on the Cinema's marquee along with the film's title, and she was the first to win an Oscar for Best Actress in a "sound" motion picture for her performance in the 1929 film "Coquette". In 1976, Mary was presented with her second Academy Award for her humanitarian work.
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Michael York
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Critic Reviews for Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

A disappointingly conventional career recap of the silent era's preeminent female star and businesswoman.

Full Review… | May 2, 2016
Variety
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There's added star power here - which also includes wattage from show-ups by Chaplin, D.W. Griffith, Lillian Gish (and in one amazing talking clip, a visit to the couple's Pickfair mansion by Amelia Earhart and husband).

Full Review… | May 2, 2016
Home Media Magazine

The Muse of the Movies accomplishes two things: It presents a straightforward and somewhat hagiographical biography of Pickford's early life and film career, and it includes a lot of clips from her films, thus whetting the viewer's appetite for more.

Full Review… | May 2, 2016
Playback:stl

Mary Pickford: Muse of the Movies deserves to be put on the list of not just the best documentaries about cinema but the greatest movies about the movies ever.

Full Review… | May 2, 2016
FilmJerk.com

...an extraordinarily well put-together film, narrated by Michael York and skillfully incorporating a real treasure trove of archival materials, including many audio interviews with Pickford.

Full Review… | July 5, 2012
PopMatters

Muse Of The Movies is assembled with such thoroughness, respect and care you can't help but be awed by Pickford's remarkable achievements.

Full Review… | June 21, 2012
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