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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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Credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Himself (archive footage)
Walt Disney ... Himself (archive footage)
Amelia Earhart ... Herself (archive footage)
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Himself (archive footage) (as Sir Douglas Fairbanks Jr.)
Douglas Fairbanks ... Himself (archive footage)
Lillian Gish ... Herself (archive footage)
D.W. Griffith ... Himself (archive footage) (as David Wark Griffith)
Roxanne Monroe Roxanne Monroe ... Herself - Mary Pickford's Daughter (archive footage)
Mary Pickford ... Herself (archive footage)
Charles 'Buddy' Rogers ... Himself (archive footage) (as Buddy Rogers)
Mack Sennett ... Himself (archive footage)
Michael York ... Himself - Narrator
Adolph Zukor ... Himself (archive footage)
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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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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 2008 (USA) See more »

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USA

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Stereo

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Color (Black & White and Color)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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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Lillian Gish: She deserved the title of 'America's Sweetheart.'
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References Tess of the Storm Country (1914) See more »

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Let Me Call You Sweetheart
Written by: Beth Slater Whitson and Leo Friedman
Arranged by: David Michael Frank
Performed by: Bonnie Frank
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Mary Pickford Superstar
12 July 2012 | by drednmSee all my reviews

This excellent documentary gives Mary Pickford her due as an actress, producer, director, business woman, and humanitarian. There are lots of clips from her movies, audio tapes of Pickford which serve as narration here, and comments by many her knew her.

From the teens thru the early 30s, Pickford was the most famous woman on the planet. As a movie star, she was idolized all over the world. She probably still ranks among the top women at the box office; most of her films were huge successes and raked in millions of dollars.

As an actress, Pickford played just about every kind of part. She was equally successful at comedy and drama. She also made several movies where she played more than one role. In LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY she played both the boy and his mother. In STELLA MARIS she played little Mary and the deformed Unity. In several films she played "little Mary" as a girl and also as an adult.

Pickford also transitioned from silents to talkies, winning a best-actress Oscar for her talkie debut, COQUETTE.Although she made only 4 talkies, Pickford remained an integral part of the Hollywood scene and movie-making through the 1940s.

Among those interviewed are Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Lillian Gish, Buddy Rogers, and Pickford's adopted daughter Roxanne. There's also a rather bizarre clip of Amelia Earhart visiting Pickford.

This is an excellent film with lots of information about Pickford, Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith.


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