Mary Pickford was the most popular star of the silent era, whose celebrity surpassed even that of Chaplin and Valentino. MY BEST GIRL was her last silent film, and is widely regarded as one of her best. The story’s Cinderella romance between a spunky department-store stock girl (Pickford) and the owner’s son (Charles “Buddy” Rogers) is enriched by a motif of role-playing and disguise (he pretends not to be wealthy; she pretends not to be virtuous.) Cinematic highlights include a romantic stroll through the city, whose enchanted ordinariness evokes F.W. Murnau’s SUNRISE, made the same year.
Preservation funding provided by The Mary Pickford Foundation, The Packard Humanities Institute, and The Film Foundation.
Appears in: 2015 UCLA Festival of Preservation
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