Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies

. November 2012. 288p. 978-0-81313-647-9. 45.
In the pantheon of film celebrity, Mary Pickford’s name should be as widely recognized as Chaplin’s, yet it isn’t. Pickford was the first film superstar, the first woman to earn a million dollars a year, and, for a time, the most famous face in the world. In this latest title on Pickford, Schmidt (coeditor, Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture) has brought together some of the best essays ever written about the star, along with gorgeous color images of film posters, film stills, candid photos, and rare detailed images of costumes from some of Pickford’s most famous roles. Pickford reigned as “Queen of the Movies” for almost 20 years before she gradually faded into relative obscurity.
VERDICT This impressive anthology belongs in the collection of any fan of silent film and perfectly showcases why Pickford was a superstar. It will interest a wide audience and is an important work on one of the leading lights of cinematic history.

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