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Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies (2008)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 29 August 2008 (USA)
A chronicle of the life and career of silent film star Mary Pickford.

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Credited cast:
Charles Chaplin ... Himself (archive footage)
Walt Disney ... Himself (archive footage)
Amelia Earhart ... Herself (archive footage)
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Himself (archive footage) (as Sir Douglas Fairbanks Jr.)
Douglas Fairbanks ... Himself (archive footage)
Lillian Gish ... Herself (archive footage)
D.W. Griffith ... Himself (archive footage) (as David Wark Griffith)
Roxanne Monroe Roxanne Monroe ... Herself - Mary Pickford's Daughter (archive footage)
Mary Pickford ... Herself (archive footage)
Charles 'Buddy' Rogers ... Himself (archive footage) (as Buddy Rogers)
Mack Sennett ... Himself (archive footage)
Michael York ... Himself - Narrator
Adolph Zukor ... Himself (archive footage)


"Mary Pickford, The Muse of the Movies" traces the life and work of the legendary silent film star, movie pioneer, and keen business woman who co-created United Artists Studios. Pickford's life (1892-1979)also parallels an even larger story, the telling of the "birth of the cinema" itself. Written by Nicholas Eliopoulos

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Illuminates the life of "America's Sweetheart", film pioneer, actress and keen business woman Mary Pickford




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$250,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Stereo


Color (Black & White and Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Over twelve vintage audio interviews given by Pickford during her lifetime where restored and re-edited to allow Ms. Pickford (a silent star) to narrate over 50% of her story in her own voice, along with co-narrator actor Michael York. See more »


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Great Documentary
8 February 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies (2008)

**** (out of 4)

Terrific documentary taking a look at the career and life of actress Mary Pickford. The film tracks the earliest days of her life, her meeting D.W. Griffith, forming United Artists, marrying Douglas Fairbanks and her rise to power and eventual retirement. I really don't think fans of Pickford could ask for much more from a documentary because this one here really delivers just about everything you'd want to know. We're given a very detailed look at her career and the various paths she took after leaving Griffith (only to go back) and her decision to start financing her own pictures. We also learn about her personal life as well as getting to hear stories from archival interviews with Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Buddy Rogers and Lillian Gish. I think the greatest thing going for the film is that we have Pickford herself doing the majority of the narration herself. Around twelve interviews that the actresses recorded throughout her life are edited into the film so that she can talk about various stages in her career including some interesting stuff about why she retired when she did and why she felt The Little Tramp killed Chaplin and she didn't want her little girl to do the same to her. Throughout the running time we're shown clips from the majority of her movies and we also get some footage from newsreels including some footage of her and Gish at the D.W. Griffith burial in LaGrange, KY. Fans of Pickford or Hollywood history are certainly going to enjoy this well-detailed documentary that covers a lot of ground and manages to be a definitive look at the legend.

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