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Piccadilly 1929 PG

92 mins United Kingdom Director. E.A. Dupont

Stunningly designed and photographed, Piccadilly brings a sparkling cocktail of influences to its presentation of 20s London, from West End glitter to a seedy dive bar in cosmopolitan Limehouse. Tragic heroine Shosho (Chinese-American star Anna May Wong) beguiles her way from lowly nightclub kitchen hand to the star attraction; but will a love tryst with her boss be this deco diva's undoing?

Director E.A. Dupont was a German émigré who brought an international flair to late-1920s British cinema. Shosho's dance routines exploit the contemporary fad for eastern exoticism, but Dupont also offers a rare depiction of London's Chinese community and tackles the then risqué subject of interracial sex - though the censors ruled out an actual kiss between Anna May Wong and co-star Jameson Thomas. Piccadilly was restored by the BFI National Archive and is presented here with a specially commissioned score by Neil Brand.

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Directed by

E.A. Dupont

Featuring

Gilda Gray

Anna May Wong

Genres

Crime

Collection

Chinese Britain on Film Soho Stories

Certificate

PG Contains mild violence

Released

1929

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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