"She takes your breath away. Anna May Wong is the kind of gorgeous that burns right through a camera lens!" -- Janice Paige, Boston Globe
projects a modern, coolly appraising sexuality. Visually eloquent and often dazzling, the movie is no less terrific." -- J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Wong, with her lithe figure and piercing eyes, is phenomenal!" -- Michael Sragow, The New Yorker
Valentine Wilmot, the owner of the popular Piccadilly Club finds his lead male attraction, Victor Smiles (Cyril Ritchard) has quit and that the public has judged Victors partner Mabel as over the hill. Though they are lovers, Valentine must find another dancer to replace Mabel or face an uncertain future. When a customer (Charles Laughton in his first feature film) complains of a dirty dish, Valentine discovers the answer to all his problems down in the clubs scullery
After many years of supporting roles in Hollywood, Anna May Wong left for Europe in search of better roles. And did she find one! Her electric, sexually-charged performance in Piccadilly is a revelation. Wong is mesmerizing as Shosho, the Chinese scullery maid who overnight becomes the toast of London and the object of sexual desire of all around her. The camera adores Wong, and against Alfred Junges astonishing set design, her beauty glows in every frame. Piccadilly was the brilliant apex to Duponts trilogy of backstage life (Varieté and Moulin Rouge), showcasing the directors signature mix of great acting, amazing imagery and astonishing camera movements.