Kiki

"America's Sweetheart", Mary Pickford, is a sexy French chorus girl trying to make a living in New York in this rare early talkie.
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  • Run Time: 1 hours, 24 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Released: March 1, 2016
  • Originally Released: 1931
  • Label: Alpha Video

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Rating: 3/4 -- One thing Kiki does really well is show how these dance competitions are an organizational structure for kids who might otherwise slip through the cracks. Full Review
RogerEbert.com
Mar 1, 2017
"Kiki" often casts a rueful gaze, but it's also exuberant and alive, and never despairing. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Feb 23, 2017
"Kiki" shows us a group of brave and beautiful souls for whom the struggle is, unfortunately, probably about to get even harder. Full Review
New York Times
Feb 28, 2017
It explodes with energy, thanks in part to rattlesnake-taut dance tracks from MikeQ and ballroom DJ crew Qween Beat, but mostly from the Kiki kids themselves. Full Review
Variety
Mar 10, 2016
Rating: A- -- You will be hard-pressed to find another film that celebrates gender and sexual expression the way KIKI does. Full Review
Mediaversity Reviews
Dec 4, 2018
If for no other reason, you should see Kiki to understand the complexity of subcultures in America and how they are extracted from consistently. Full Review
Refinery29
Jun 28, 2017
Kiki serves as a reminder that in parts of American and Western society, minorities are still rejected from the mainstream on the basis of dated, racist, and homophobic prejudices. Full Review
Seventh Row
Jul 14, 2017

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"America's Sweetheart", Mary Pickford, plays Kiki, a sexy French chorus girl trying to make a living in New York, in this rarely-seen talkie. Hopelessly in love with Broadway producer Victor Randall, Kiki plots to upstage the show's star to impress him. But after her antics ruin the performance -- during which Kiki inadvertently loses most of her clothes -- she is fired from the chorus by Randall. Now Kiki is determined to not only get her old job back, but to make her former boss fall in love with her....whether he wants to or not.

Kiki is based on a racy Broadway play, which had previously been filmed in 1926 with Norma Talmadge. Mary Pickford, looking to reinvent herself for the talkies, felt a sound version would be the perfect venue to introduce moviegoers to a new image. Audiences, however, were used to seeing the actress playing childlike waifs. They rejected the idea of Pickford as a sexy liberated woman, and the film failed at the box office. She would make only one more film, Secrets (1933), before retiring from acting altogether. Despite this, Kiki remains a fascinating glimpse of the career Pickford could have had during the sound era. An impressive array of talents behind the camera includes cinematography by Karl Struss and choreography by Busby Berkeley. Dashing co-star Reginald Denny had been almost as popular as Pickford in the silent era, having first garnered notice playing a boxer in the Universal serial The Leather Pushers (1922). Like his leading lady, Denny had difficulty once sound was introduced, in his case due to a heavy British accent. But he would eventually find his niche playing supporting parts in films such as The Little Minister (1934), Anna Karenina (1935), and Rebecca (1940). Margaret Livingston is best remembered as "the Woman from the City" in Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927; also featuring cinematography by Struss.)

Note: Due to the age and rarity of this film, some picture and sound anomalies do exist.

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Mary was the FIRST female SUPERSTAR! This is an example. Movie Lover: from LIBERTY HILL, TX US -- October, 11, 2017

From the beginning of film until the early talkies - Mary was beloved world wide. A cool little gem!


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