Piccadilly (1929)Article Written:
Arnold Bennett 150th – PICCADILLY (1929) – with Live Piano Accompaniment
Stoke Film Theatre – Wednesday – 10 May 2017
Bar open at 7pm – film screening 7.45pm FREE EVENT
One of the pinnacles of British silent cinema, Piccadilly is a sumptuous show business melodrama seething with sexual and racial tension – with an original screenplay by Arnold Bennett. Chinese-American screen goddess Anna May Wong stars as Shosho – an exotic dancer who uses her wiles with the night club manager to advance from kitchen dishwasher to become the toast of London, but disaster awaits. Hollywood star Gilda Grey is a vengeful star dancer displaced by Shosho and Charles Laughton makes his impressive screen debut in a cameo role.
A stylish evocation of Jazz Age London, with dazzlingly fluid cinematography and scenes ranging from the opulent West End to the seediness of Limehouse. Beautifully restored by the BFI complete with vivid original tinting in sepia, blue and magenta for key scenes.
The screening will be accompanied on live piano with a original score by Ashley Thompson.
Prior to to the showing of the film, at 7.30pm, John’s new publication of Bennett’s original scenario and novel of Piccadilly will be launched. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. See the attached information about the book and how to order it online.