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Anna May Wong Will Finally Be Remembered,
This review is from: Piccadilly (DVD)
I just got a look at this DVD. The extras on this are worth the price of admission.
As an coauthor of one of the books on Anna May Wong I awaited this like many other keepers of the flame. With three books on Anna May now out, I still was not satisfied. I couldn't figure out what it was that was lacking. When I started looking into Anna May Wong's career some thirty years ago, you couldn't find a picture of her at most libraries. Then the cult phase started. People started writing more and asking around. Occasionally an article would be written in a nostalgic magazine. Eventually her films were selling in the private markets.
Anna May Wong's film career is not lost anymore. Milestone did her proud in so many ways. There is footage of the 2004 Asian Film Festival's panel (with Nancy Kwan) on her, though the sound quality on that is rough. There is a vintage introductory sound film made as a prologue to the movie, which is quite interesting. Then there are the photos. As I watched them run by I thought of the searches at the libraries so many years ago, wondering what I would have thought back then had I run into a gold mine such as this. I was also reminded of going through a stack of original photos from another one of her films, wishing I had the thousands required to buy them all. At forty dollars apiece(fifteen years ago)I spent a week's pay, knowing that once I left Hollywood to go back home, I would probably not see the rest of those photos again. Indeed, I have not.
However... this DVD is that gold mine for those who have wished to see Anna May in all her glory.
Maybe the people keeping some of her films locked up will see the beauty presented here and allow the public to enjoy her other works. Milestone did this as a labor of love. Anna May is not an extra in a Fairbanks movie anymore. Milestone gave us Anna May Wong, the star.
Chei Mi Lane
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Initial post: Apr 18, 2011 4:39:33 PM PDT
J.E. Viosca says:
I wish I could have been there going through those photos with you-- being a collector, I would have bought as many as possible, kept a couple for myself, and given you the rest to use in another book! This is one of my top 10 favorite films, among hundreds of others. You can't tear your eyes from her when she's onscreen.
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