Cinema Spotlight: Documentary: Mary Pickford~The Muse of the Movies

by - January 09, 2014

Mary Pickford
Ever been curious about the silent age of film or of history of early film making? I think this documentary, Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies is a wonderful place to start.

Mary Pickford is highly considered the first ever film star and was dubbed "America's Sweetheart". This documentary is filled with interviews from those who knew her as well her Mary herself. It isn't solely a film about her life but about her role in the history of film.

I love the way the documentary builds on the life of Mary from beginning to end not leaving out one bit of each step she took to becoming one of the most important film icons we will ever have. I will be including Mary Pickford in a special series I am putting together called American Visionaries. It will be one whole week dedicated to American's who made a huge impact in the world of art, film, fashion, and did the unthinkable.

Granted, Mary was originally Canadian but she did become an American citizen and she was a very proud American to boot!
Mary Pickford
One of the biggest moves Mary made in her film career was to help create the film studio known as United Artists. She did not do this alone, she was accompanied by her husband Douglas Fairbanks, and friends-Charlie Chaplin and D.W. Griffith.
United Artist
Mary Pickford also made headlines by marrying Douglas Fairbanks. They were Hollywood's First Celebrity couple! By looking at this handsome couple one can see why!!
Pickfair
This documentary really gives a full spectrum of Mary Pickford's life and her accomplishments in film. I didn't get a sense of it being too historical or too gossip-like. Just the perfect blend of information and visuals as well as a dash of some of that old Hollywood magic.

Want to learn more about the history of film making? Watch Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies!



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2 comments

  1. I just watched that on netflix, ver interesting

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  2. I can't wait to catch this engaging film myself, too. I've always thought it was a rather interesting that Mary was born here in Canada (Toronto, to be exact), yet was dubbed America's sweetheart. Ironic in way, no? :)

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