Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies 2012 NR

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Mary Pickford, The Muse of the Movies, illuminates the life of "America's Sweetheart", film pioneer, Actor, and keen businesswoman who co-created United Artists Studios. Through vintage audio recordings, Pickford narrates her own story along with actor Michael York, while revealing the larger tale of the birth of the movies themselves.

Starring:
Charles Chaplin, Walt Disney
Runtime:
1 hour, 42 minutes

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Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies

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Genres Documentary
Director Nicholas Eliopoulos
Starring Charles Chaplin, Walt Disney
Supporting actors Amelia Earhart, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Douglas Fairbanks, Lillian Gish, D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Mack Sennett, Michael York, Adolph Zukor
Studio Cinema Libre
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Eliopoulos has done a fantastic job, can't wait to see more by him!
Lady Di
Perhaps most impressive is the clip of an interview with Roxanne, Mary's adopted daughter.
Samantha Glasser
It is well done and one of the best documentaries I've seen in quite some time.
CJS

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on October 24, 2012
Format: DVD
Yes, really. Mary Pickford was not only an actress in films (both silent and sound) for 25 years, but she co-founded United Artists, developed camera techniques like "face lighting", supported women in strong roles and even convinced Sid Grauman to have stars put their hands and feet in concrete in front of his Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

There are probably other bios of Pickford out there but none as unique as this 101-minute one. Why, because - through creative editing - Pickford (who died in 1979) actually co-narrates the film. Director/Producer Nicholas Eliopoulos - who has made a career as Editor on such mega-hits as "Out of Africa" and "9 to 5", spent more than 10 years assembling over 18 hours (!) of audio interviews that Pickford gave to both the BBC and the UCLA Oral History project (going so far as to adjust the pitch of her voice so it would flow easily) and rare footage and stills of her career. He then got his "friend", actor Michael York, to add additional narration. The quality of the prints and the "look" of this documentary are superb.

The DVD adds a few helpful bonues too: There are text bios of all the important people mentuoned in the film (husbands Douglas Fairbanks Sr and Buddy Rogers, Charlie Chaplin, Lillian Gish ansd more), a Photo Gallery with 23 images and two interviews with the Director. The first of these (15 minutes) is from the Q&A from the 2011 Toronto Film Festival (Pickford was born in Toronto) which add some new info. The second (also 15 minutes) is the audio of a radio show interview from 2011 on a New Mexico radio station.

This is a must see film for anyone interested in motion picture history. And, I'm certain will spark a revival in rentals of Pickford's films.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By RANDEL on October 15, 2013
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The first hour of this documentary is excellent. It was a brilliant stroke to use splices of earlier audio-interviews to make Pickford the seeming narrator of a film about her own life. But as a film-buff, I'm interested in Miss Pickford's movies, not her religious views. During the last third of this film, we are treated at least 15 or 20 minutes of soaring strings accompanying film-clips of clouds while we're told about Mary's profound "spirituality." I thought for a moment I had accidentally clicked on THE 700 CLUB! When I watch a documentary about a film-personality, I want to learn as much as possible about their FILMS. It only takes one sentence and minute or two to tell us that she was very religious. Personally, I would have appreciated seeing more clips from her films...especially since none of Pickford's films retain the stature (or familiarity) of film classics like BIRTH OF A NATION, THE GOLD RUSH or METROPOLIS.

Lots of contemporary documentariies have clear political or social agendas. But I felt like this one betrayed it's primary goal of documenting an important star's film career by wasting valuable time veering off the subject. Bottom line: It wasn't Mary Pickford's faith that made her "The Muse of the Movies."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CJS on October 6, 2012
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This dvd is a must for any Pickford fan. It consists of Mary telling her life story, culled from several audio interviews. This is combined with footage from her films as well as other archival footage as well as those who knew Mary including Buddy Rogers, Lillian Gish, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, and Adolph Zukor. It is well done and one of the best documentaries I've seen in quite some time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard Davis McLeod on May 23, 2013
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A well done DVD documentary outlining the life of Mary Pickford and establishing why she was considered America's Sweetheart. The program is filmed well, and has done a very good job with the addition of many interviews of friends and associates of Miss Pickford along with many film clips from the many films she made during her very monumental career.

An interesting section on the loss of her home in Beverly Hills, California (Pickfair) is a sad reminder as to why Cities need appropriate standards for maintaining homes and buildings that have Historical significance. Pickfair was known at the time as the White House of the West Coast due to the many dignitaries that were entertained there during the time Miss Pickford owned the home. Highly recommended for those interested in learning of the Pioneers of early silent film in Hollywood during the teens and twenties of the last century.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Samantha Glasser VINE VOICE on January 27, 2013
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Mary Pickford is one of my absolute favorite stars ever. Her sweetness on screen, her immense talent both in front of and behind the camera, her beauty, and her intelligence have captured me completely. I think of her the way people think of comfort food, and refer to her as "My Mary." She was an incredibly important cog in the machine of early Hollywood, and this documentary explains her place in history through her words, interviews with colleagues, narration, and film segments.

What I love most about this documentary is that unlike the others I've seen (Milestone's release and PBS's release), this one isn't horribly depressing at the end, and it is told through Mary's own words which lead you to believe that she was intensely spiritual and therefore had hope even in the darkest times.

This film is unique too in its use of film clips, some of which I've never seen before. I was impressed by the clip of D.W. Griffith directing a scene and also by the cut scene with an angel from Sparrows, which I didn't even know existed. Perhaps most impressive is the clip of an interview with Roxanne, Mary's adopted daughter. For years I have wondered what happened to the children, having not heard much about them except that they existed and might not have had a good relationship with their mother. I still pine for information, but that brief glimpse satisfied my thirst for information at least partly.
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