The Artist 2011

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Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break.

Starring:
Joel Murray, Penelope Ann Miller
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Runtime 1 hour 40 minutes
Starring Joel Murray, Penelope Ann Miller, Bérénice Bejo, Jean Dujardin, Beth Grant, James Cromwell, Stuart Pankin, John Goodman
Director Michel Hazanavicius
Genres Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 28 May 2012
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 40 minutes
Starring Joel Murray, Penelope Ann Miller, Bérénice Bejo, Jean Dujardin, Beth Grant, James Cromwell, Stuart Pankin, John Goodman
Director Michel Hazanavicius
Genres Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 28 May 2012
Main languages English

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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. W. Graham VINE VOICE on 17 Jan 2012
Format: Blu-ray
What's this? A French black and white silent film? In this day and age of overblown cgi and 3d effects? What were they thinking?!! Well as it turns out The Artist is a beautiful work of art that takes you back to the early days of cinema, and the days when silent cinema was starting to make way for the talkies. It's stunning to look at and very funny too with great performances as a silent movie star finds himself being upstaged then replaced by a new actress and then the talkies themselves which he refuses to do because he is an artist and feels that the audience does not need to hear him speak. This is also a very moving film and seeing it on the big screen must have been pretty close to what it was like for audiences in the 20's. And watch out for Uggie the dog who completely steals the film. This is quite simply one of the most charming and inoffensive films that you will ever see.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Feb 2013
Format: DVD
When most cinemagoers seem to crave big budget features crammed with sex, violence and special effects, what hope for "The Artist" - a modest black and white silent film?

Doomed to fail? Not at all. Instead, a surprise hit, earning awards and praise from around the world. The reasons are easy to see - a great script (yes, one IS needed despite no words spoken), a moving story told with imagination, wit and style.

Here is a reminder of how the advent of talkies meant a career crash for some very famous names. Almost overnight silent screen idol George Valentin (Jean Dujjardin) becomes a has-been, a once opulent lifestyle replaced by poverty. He contemplates suicide. Meanwhile the actress he discovered , Poppy Miller (Berenice Bejo delightful), becomes everybody's darling, her successes ever mounting. He once helped her. Can she now help him...?.

The film brilliantly recaptures the atmosphere of the times and is crammed with incidental pleasures - including the contributions from John Goodman, James Cromwell and scene-stealing dog Uggy.

In short, most enjoyable - not least because so unexpected.
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109 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Jon Chambers VINE VOICE on 24 Dec 2011
Format: DVD
As a trainee projectionist at a small-town French cinema, I naturally get to see quite a few films. Occasionally, they are screened before their UK release. And very occasionally, as here, they are brilliant. In short, it's one of my two recommendations of the year. (The other, incidentally, is Intouchables, another superb film which also suggests that the glory days of French cinema are not all in the past.)

It is vital not to give too much away. Suffice it to say that the plot revolves around the male lead, a silent movie icon (played by Jean Dujardin) and his efforts to cope with dwindling fame brought about by the Hollywood vogue for 'talkies' at the end of the Twenties. Sound is completely alien to his kind of cinema and, of course, being a silent film itself, The Actor shows the world from his perspective. But The Actor isn't completely mute, as we hear on just a couple of occasions. One instance comes right at the end and explains ... well, something quite important.

I'd never heard of the principal actors. Both are utterly captivating. Director Michel Hazanavicius (incidentally, the husband of the female lead, Berenice Bejo) has apparently wanted to make a silent movie for ages. The long gestation period shows in this thoughtful, clever homage to Hollywood's silent era. Implausibly, a modern film without (much) sound or colour maintains viewer interest throughout. It is witty, impossibly romantic, intriguing and, above all, a must-see for anyone who's losing their love of cinema. What should be nothing more than an interesting idea or a bit of a cliché (note the fire, dog and policeman episode), is in fact the absolute opposite: fresh and original. And one of the best films of the year.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Jensen on 20 Jun 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a creative, charismatic, gorgeous film performed by talented actors.
Before watching it, it's a bit off-putting to imagine watching a film without dialogue, but you DO NOT MISS IT. This is a truly wonderful film that left me wanting to stand up in my living room and clap when it was finished!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jan D. M. on 10 Jun 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I first saw this film in a London cinema (our local multiplexes deemed it too `alternative' for their audiences - shame on them). I left the cinema smiling and energised by the music, the simple story line, the acting - especially Jean Dujardin (his smile lights up the screen), the staging, the lighting and of course Uggie!
I was slightly concerned that all this would be lost on a DVD, albeit a Blu-ray one. However, this film benefits from a closer, more contained viewing. I was more emotionally connected to George Valentin's despair, his downward spiral and subsequent renewal. This film deserved all of its awards. Finally, George & Peppa's concluding dance is sublime. I highly recommend this film. I certainly will be watching it again and again. It's perfect for a self-indulgent rainy afternoon.
The extras include a very short 'blooper' reel in the style of the movie, and a narrative of the set design, buildings used and costume design. These are in colour at times and it was almost a shock to see George, Peppa and Uggie in full technicolour, let alone speaking and barking!
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