Piccadilly (1929)

A scullery maid turned nightclub performer steals the screen -- and the leading man -- from her rival.

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1929
DVD Release Date: March 1, 2005
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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 Out

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.

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Robert Pardi
TV 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.

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TIME Magazine

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

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the overlooked great classic silent films.

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Variety Staff

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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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

[Wong's] role of Shosho, the red-hot dancing star of London's Piccadilly nightclub, shows her at her dramatic and erotic peak.

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Cassandra Maples
Piccadilly is just amazing. Right from the start I was instantly impressed with the costumes and settings, obviously being a silent film set in the period it… More
Antonius Block
This silent film from 1929 was quite a treat. To start with, it has a starring role for Anna May Wong and a supporting role for King Hou Chang that… More
Aj V
A typical romance drama mystery involving dancers who are fighting over a man, nothing new. It's not horrible, but it's not good either.
Linda K. T.
An American Asian star who gives a standout performance in an European film is quite groundbreaking! I will also add that it is one of the most interesting… More
Veronique Kwak
"piccadilly" is anna may wong's attempt to escape american social discrimination of minorities which hinders her career in hollywood, so she… More
Christopher Brown
Pretty audacious for it's time, the story of an interracial relationship against the backdrop of a dance club. An excellent silent film.