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5 of 15 people found the following review helpful
For Pickford fans especially
on November 10, 2004
Mind you, I like silent films, but---if you are not particularly clued-in herein---you should be aware that many silents have a reputation that just cannot be second-guessed. Almost all, if not all, reviews of silents deemed to be classics are raved about. I'm inclined to this view owing to the fact that it appears only silent film fans remain interested in this genre. If you have seen at least a dozen such films you are in a minority. Most folks, I'd reckon, have either seen dozens, zero, or but a handful. It's rather understandable, consequently, who would be inclined to take the time to write a review & this goes a long way in explaining the almost universially positive responses. My Best Girl, staring Mary Pickford, is not one of the greatest films you're likely to come across. Neither is it one of the great romantic comedies of all time. Rather, it is an amusing film generally, with a few stand-out scenes. For its time it can be a host of things, but viewed non-historically, it's a simple film. Pickford meets a guy in her place of work. She takes a liking to him as she tries to show him the ropes of her department. Little does she know that he is simply trying to prove something to his father by working---under an assumed name, of course---in his father's store. He is already engaged to a ritzy gal, but nevertheless begins to fall for Pickford. The two gals bump into one another; Pickford runs off in a huff. He chases after her. Her employer/the man's father then attempts to bribe her with $10,000 if she'll turn her back on the supposed man of her dreams. Then follows the worst scene in this film as she marquerades in her kitchen, trying to make her guy believe her affections were all a put-on; ie., that she knew all along who he really was & that she was, and remains, a gold-digger. Then she collapses into his arms from exhaustion, not being able to effect this lie with any success. End of story for Cinderella and her prince. That's what many say about this film---that it's a wonderful Cinderella story. You would, however, be much better served---and entertained---were you simply to watch the real Cinderella; or so would be my advice. Long live the silents, I say. But let's be realistic too---not every effort by Pickford, Chaplin, Lillian Gish, Harold Lloyd, Keaton, Gilbert, et al can stand the test of time...even though I would term them artistic geniuses, generally. Cheers!