directed by Ewald André Dupont (uncredited)
U
K 1929

 

One of the pinnacles of British silent cinema, Piccadilly is a sumptuous show business melodrama seething with sexual and racial tension. Chinese-American screen goddess Anna May Wong stars as Shosho whose exotic dance routines enthrall a suave club owner. This stylish evocation of Jazz Age London boasts dazzlingly fluid cinematography and atmospheric sets - ranging from the opulent West End nightclub to the seedy Limehouse district. Beautifully restored by the BFI National Film and Television Archive, complete with blue and amber tinting, Piccadilly is accompanied by a newly commissioned dramatic score by Neil Brand.

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Theatrical Release: June 1st, 1929 - USA

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DVD Review: BFI -  Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution BFI - Region 2- PAL
Runtime 1:49:28
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.4 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Intertitles: English / Music - Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby
Subtitles None
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Release Information:
Studio: BFI Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Neil Brand on composing for Piccadilly (19:49)
• Prologue from the sound version of the film (5:14)
• E A Dupont Biography (text screens)
• Anna May Wong Biography

DVD Release Date: June 28th, 2004

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Chapters: 20

Comments:

This is from the restored version of the film. Mostly in a sepia tint (and occasional blue-ish for outdoors). It looks relatively sharp for a film made so long ago.  There is visible damage in spots - scratches, dirt etc. The audio is wonderful- almost too good for the image. I wasn't crazy about the off-white (almost yellow) intertitles as well as the font used (see below), but overall this is a fabulous viewing experience. Highly recommended! The Extras are worthy of being seen first to give background and set the mood. BFI has done a stupendous job here.    out of    

Gary W. Tooze


 

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