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Silent Film: ‘Piccadilly’ (1929) with live accompaniment
July 30, 2019 @ 12:00 am - February 15, 2020 @ 12:00 am
Silent Film: ‘Piccadilly’ (1929) with live improvised piano accompaniment by Costas Fotopoulos
One of the pinnacles of British silent cinema, E A Dupont’s ‘Piccadilly’ is a sumptuous showbiz melodrama seething with sexual and racial tension. The Chinese-American screen goddess Anna May Wong stars as Shosho, a scullery maid in a fashionable London nightclub whose sensuous tabletop dance catches the eye of suave club owner Valentine Wilmot (Jameson Thomas). She rises to become the toast of London and the object of his erotic obsession – to the bitter jealousy of Mabel, his former lover and star dancer (played by Ziegfeld Follies star Gilda Gray).
The screening will be enhanced by live improvised piano accompaniment by Costas Fotopoulos. Costas has been working for many years as an improvising silent film pianist at BFI Southbank, London, and he has also accompanied silent films at the Barbican Centre, the Prince Charles Cinema, the Kennington Bioscope, Riverside Studios, Chelsea Arts Club, the National Film and Television School and the Birkbeck Cinema among other venues.