Mary Pickford, The Muse of the Movies
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MARY PICKFORD, THE MUSE OF THE MOVIES traces the life and work of this legendary silent film star, movie pioneer, and keen businesswoman. Pickford’s life (1892-1979) also parallels an even larger story, telling of the “birth of the cinema” itself. Pickford co-created United Artists Studios, spearheaded the founding of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as established the Motion Picture Retirement Home. Mary, known as “America’s Sweetheart” was the first actress to earn one million dollars, and only star to ever receive a 50% profit share of her movies. She was the first actor, male or female, to have her name placed on the Cinema’s marquee along with the film’s title, and she was the first to win an Oscar for Best Actress in a “sound” motion picture for her performance in the 1929 film “Coquette.” In 1976, Mary was presented with her second Academy Award for her humanitarian work. In this documentary, through restored vintage audio recordings, Pickford narrates her own story along with actor Michael York. Classic film clips, rare home movies, and cameo interviews with Adolph Zukor (founder of Paramount Studios), famed aviator Amelia Earhart, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Lillian Gish, Buddy Rogers (Pickford’s last husband), as well as the only interview ever given by Pickford’s daughter, Roxanne Rogers Monroe, give the viewer an in depth look into the early world of the American cinema.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 17
- Fresh: 10
- Rotten: 7
- Average Rating: 5.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Mary is a convoluted, hysterical mess of a movie with grandiose spiritual airs and not a drop of humor.
Fresh: A sincere grapple with faith and redemption in cynical times.
Rotten: Murky and forgettable.
Fresh: Tightly framed and tightly wound, Mary is a claustrophobic, incandescent, nutty 83 minutes with everyone in the cast teetering on the ledge of madness.