Rent Piccadilly (1929)

3.6 of 5 from 67 ratings
1h 48min
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Synopsis:
Valentine Wilmot (Jameson Thomas), the owner of the popular Piccadilly Club finds his lead male attraction, Victor Smiles (Cyril Ritchard) has quit and that the public has judged Victors partner Mabel (Gilda Gray) as over the hill. Though they are lovers, Valentine must find another dancer to replace Mabel or face an uncertain future. When a customer (Charles Laughton in his first feature film) complains of a dirty dish, Valentine discovers the answer to all his problems down in the clubs scullery...
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Ewald André Dupont
Writers:
Arnold Bennett
Studio:
BFI Video
Genres:
British Films, Classics, Drama, New Releases
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
28/06/2004
Run Time:
108 minutes
Languages:
Silent
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Neil Brand on composing music for Piccadilly
  • Prologue from the sound version of the film
  • Director's biography
  • Anna May Wong biography
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/06/2021
Run Time:
109 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono, Silent
Subtitles:
None
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Prologue to Piccadilly (1929, 5 mins): sound prologue screened in US cinemas
  • Return to Piccadilly (2021, 17 mins): a newly recorded video essay on the film by silent-film expert Bryony Dixon
  • Talk of the Town (2021, 53 mins): a new, in-depth video biography of Anna May Wong by author and film critic Jasper Sharp
  • Scoring Piccadilly (2004, 20 mins): composer Neil Brand reflects on his approach to creating music for the film
  • Cosmopolitan London (1924, 10 mins): the cultural melting pot that was London in the 1920s is captured on camera in this fascinating period piece, with a score by John Sweeney
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Reviews (1) of Piccadilly

A Stone Cold Classic - Piccadilly review by PM

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24/11/2020

This is the second full length silent movie I've seen in my life (The Artist being the first).

What drew me to this gem was the Chinese/American sensation Anna Mae Wong.

Sadly marginalised by the American film industry (at the time it was prohibited for a white American to go out with a Chinese person) Wongs roles were limited to racial stereotypes. Fustrated she left for more open minded backdrop of Europe and produced this classic in London.

Wong totally owns this piece of celluloid joy, playing Shosho - a Bette Noire -who seduces slimy club owner -Valentine Wilmott - who discovered her  dancing in his club kitchen and in true Harvey Weinstein style offers her a gig in the club overshadowing his mistress and star turn- Mabel.

It all,ofcourse, ends in tears but in a glorious,melodramatic manner that will have you hooked right up until the grand dame finale.

Made in 1929-  at the cusp of silent movies crossing over to sound and there was a version made with effects and a voice over prologue which I would love to see.

This is a beautifully restored version with new soundtrack written and performed by Neil Brand that I found a bit intrusive and solved the problem by pressing mute and playing my own selection of music over the top.

If like me you were wary of watching silent movies, try this gem out.I'm pretty sure you won't be disappointed.

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