Piccadilly EA Dupont 1929 UKThe manager of a popular club employs a seductive Chinese dishwasher as a new dancer.The credits are inventive and impressive and a telling exposition of setting, and the film thence goes on how it set about: visually rich and atmospheric. It fits in nicely to other silent films of the period - the progress of women, urbanisation, consumerism and Orientalism are all explored - but has a lasting, stylistic quality about it, with some beautiful techniques on display: the early sequence showing the dance routine at the club; Anna May Wong (a revelation) dancing in the kitchen; Jameson Thomas's walk (a POV tracking shot!) through a noirish bar; and the murder at the end. Ambitious in style, subject matter and behind-the-scenes credits - it shows the British film industry becoming international and eclectic in its casts and crews.
I'm an ugly bag of mostly water born to be informed and the only one that knows me is Obi-Wan Kenobi.