Piccadilly (1929)

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For our final film of Sunday’s A Very Vintage Valentine programme, we’re pleased to bring you Piccadilly, a classic British silent film rarely seen in cinemas.

The Chinese-American screen goddess Anna May Wong stars as Shosho, a scullery maid in a fashionable London nightclub whose sensuous tabletop dance catches the eye of suave club owner Valentine Wilmot. She rises to become the toast of the London club scene and the object of his obsession, making his former lover and star dancer Mabel bitterly jealous. 

One of the true greats of British silent film, Piccadilly was a star vehicle for Anna May Wong, the first Asian-American star and one of the first non-white actors to gain international celebrity. It was a precursor to the film noir genre and has been beautifully restored by the BFI National Film & Television Archive, complete with amber and blue tinting copied from an original 1929 silent release print.

Part of Sunday’s A Very Vintage Valentine programme.

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