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Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 29 August 2008 (USA)
A chronicle of the life and career of silent film star Mary Pickford.
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"Mary Pickford, The Muse of the Movies" traces the life and work of the legendary silent film star, movie pioneer, and keen business woman who co-created United Artists Studios. Pickford's life (1892-1979)also parallels an even larger story, the telling of the "birth of the cinema" itself. Written by Nicholas Eliopoulos

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Illuminates the life of "America's Sweetheart", film pioneer, actress and keen business woman Mary Pickford

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Over twelve vintage audio interviews given by Pickford during her lifetime where restored and re-edited to allow Ms. Pickford (a silent star) to narrate over 50% of her story in her own voice, along with co-narrator actor Michael York. See more »

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Written by: Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson
Arranged by: David Michael Frank
Performed by: Bonnie Frank
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A lovely overview of the career of Mary Pickford
11 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

It's impossible to dislike a film about the life of Mary Pickford--especially when it offers clips from many of her best films as well as narration by Mary herself (taken from various interviews she made later in life). On top of that, the filmmakers seemed to really like Miss Pickford and the documentary was a nice, loving tribute to this silent star. It's narrated by Michael York and is chock full of nice interviews, a few clips that were never shown before* and is nearly as good as the biography of Pickford that they showed on "The American Experience". My only quibble is that the film seemed a bit too glowing at times--and I was left wondering if Pickford could be as wonderful as they made her sound! Well worth seeing.

*Twice in the film, they showed a clip from "Sparrows" of an angel interacting with Mary. It was possibly the most beautiful camera trick I've seen in a silent film--yet, inexplicably, the clip never actually made it to the final movie. I have no idea why--it was amazing.


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