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Piccadilly Reviews

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Robert Pardi
TV Guide
February 2, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 2, 2011
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.
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TIME Magazine
February 2, 2011
Like most English pictures, the drama is crudely shaped and conventionally directed. Anna May Wong does the best acting.
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
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.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 28, 2005
One of the overlooked great classic silent films.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
February 24, 2005
It's difficult to imagine a Hollywood production allowing an Asian star to be as commanding as Wong is in Piccadilly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

July 3, 2004
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.
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
April 23, 2004
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 25, 2004
[Wong's] role of Shosho, the red-hot dancing star of London's Piccadilly nightclub, shows her at her dramatic and erotic peak.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
March 24, 2004
A sophisticated exploration of racial and sexual taboos.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
March 19, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 8, 2004
[Wong] is not top billed, but her entrance in Piccadilly -- and her general presence -- make her the star.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
January 22, 2004
Wong has acquired a loyal cult following over the years, and Dupont's exquisitely filmed episodes show why.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Phil Hall
Film Threat
October 1, 2003
A wonderfully entertaining last hurrah from England's silent cinema.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
September 30, 2003
A visually eloquent and sometimes dazzling backstage melodrama.
Emanuel Levy
July 25, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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