Rags and Riches: The Mary Pickford Collection (The Poor Little Rich Girl / The Hoodlum / Sparrows / Ramona) [Blu-ray]
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"The Poor Little Rich Girl" is the first film in which Mary Pickford plays a little girl over the course of an entire film, and it remains one of her best. It also marks the first time she works with screenwriter Frances Marion, who would become Pickford's closest collaborator over the next several years. "The Poor Little Rich Girl" is a remarkable evocation of childhood, capturing the wonder, the terror, and the ludic abandon of being a child more successfully than any film of its era.
In "The Hoodlum," Pickford plays a girl several years older than Gwendolyn and decidedly more tomboyish. Amy Burke is similar to many of Pickford's other high-spirited characters like Tess of the Storm Country, and, "The Hoodlum," like many of her other films, presents the disparities between the lives of the rich and those of the poor. I had never seen this film before viewing this DVD, but I was definitely pleased to see it at last as it is one of Pickford's finer efforts.
"Sparrows" is commonly cited as Pickford's masterwork, and in terms of the overall aesthetic quality of the production it very well may be. It definitely is a must-see for any fan of Pickford or silent film in general. In this film, Pickford plays a mother of sorts; in fact, her character is called "Mama Molly" by the children of the baby farm.Read more ›
"Mary Pickford - Rags and Riches Collection" includes three Blu-ray discs. The first one presents "The Poor Little Rich Girl" (1917), which opens with "In the house of everything, except the love she longed for, dwelt Gwendolyn, the poor little rich girl." These words perfectly describe, in the shortest way, what the film is about, in which Pickford plays Gwendolyn, daughter of a wealthy businessman and a mother that is too busy socializing to pay attention to her.Read more ›
I wrote to Milestone and they responded by telling me that the authoring was done to accomodate the needless "kid friendly" introductions. This makes little sense, as every other classic movie release is formatted such that the display quickly changes from widescreen for the FBI warning and/or menu, to a correctly formatted movie. There is no reason they couldn't have done that here.
Given that Milestone simultaneously released their Charley Chase collection formatted correctly, I can't understand why they put this Mary Pickford collection onto the market with this major error.
This is no reflection on the films themselves.....just on Milestone's release of the films. Also, this comment applies to the DVD ONLY! I do not have, and cannot comment on the Blu-Ray release of this collection.
As much as I hated to have to do so, I sent this one back for a refund. Maybe someday some studio will release these films correctly. I'll try again then.
The major virtue of this set is that we get to see Mary at 3 stages in the history of her little girl character. THE POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL (1917) the film that started it all, THE HOODLUM (1919) in which she exercised complete creative control and was at the height of her popularity and finally SPARROWS (1926), the last time she would play the character. THE POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL and THE HOODLUM are making their home video debuts. SPARROWS has been refurbished with a new orchestral score replacing the old Gaylord Carter organ score on the previous DVD. If you've never seen a Mary Pickford feature before than this is a good place to start but it certainly doesn't represent a complete picture of Pickford. Check out STELLA MARIS and THE LOVE LIGHT to see what she could do with adult roles.
THE POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL was originally a play and was more serious in tone than this picture makes it. Pickford and director Maurice Tourneur clashed over adding the humorous bits and when first screened for the Paramount brass, they hated it.Read more ›
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This movie isn't what I was looking for. I was looking for "Poor rich girl" tha one that is the biography of Barbara Huton, and this movie that I bought is anotherPublished on December 30, 2013 by Anabell Torres
The Mary Pickford Collection was released last year and it is one gem of a DVD collection.Included in this three DVD set are four films that I think are a good opening starter and... Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by Robert Badgley
This collection is beautifully restored and the optional introductions are extremely valuable if you wish to introduce a young person to this era of film making.Published on December 20, 2012 by Duane A. White
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