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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:
John Goodman, Penelope Ann Miller
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

53 of 59 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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11 of 12 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chip Kaufmann on 12 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD
This clever take on the silent era is a valentine (note the titular character's name) to Old Hollywood and especially to lovers of classic movies. Unknown French director Michel Hazanavicius, who also wrote the screenplay, wanted to take on the challange of making a silent film, complete with black & white photography & title cards, in the 21st century. To say that he succeeded (whether you like the film or not) cannot be denied.

The movie opens in 1927 Hollywood. Silent superstar George Valentin (a combination of Douglas Fairbanks Sr & John Gilbert & played by French actor Jean Dujardin) is about to be caught up in the transition to sound. While he is dealing with this crisis, young extra Peppy Miller (a cross between the young Joan Crawford, Clara Bow, & Gloria Swanson & winningly played by Berenice Bejo who just happens to be the director's wife) makes the transition to sound and is on her way up. The parallel to A STAR IS BORN is obvious along with several other references to classic films such as CITIZEN KANE (the breakfast scene), SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (the sound test), & THE THIN MAN (the dog). For the end sequence, pick the Astaire-Rogers musical of your choice.

Along with the French performers, two American character actors are given prominent roles in the proceedings. John Goodman plays the classic Hollywood studio head complete with fat cigar while James Cromwell is George's loyal chauffeur (a reference to SUNSET BOULEVARD). Both adapt themselves well to the silent medium. While there are several references to other classic Hollywood films, THE ARTIST is more than just a simple homage. It's also the heartwarming story of two people headed in different directions with some lightweight comedy thrown in & one classic scene between Berenice Bejo & an empty coat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD
There are many movies made, but only a small minority of them are really great, and this film is definitely one of them. When I first heard about this I thought that it would be something arty that only a few people would want to see, but after seeing it I was bowled over. Beautifully shot in black and white, with a superb cast and a great musical score, there is nothing to dislike here.

The main story is of course a romance, but also with this is the story of how a lot of actors failed to make it when the 'Talkies' came along, even though they had been big before then. So, why would you want to watch a silent movie? The story here only really has a minimal dialogue on the screen, so in a way you can make up some of it yourself, but on top of that this film evokes the era it is about. All the actors, especially the two principal actors pull off with quite some aplomb how acting used to be back in the old days. Without a soundtrack things were expressed more visibly, which isn't necessarily that easy, as it can so easily come across as camp today. Thankfully that doesn't happen here, and you can relive the experience like when our grandparents first watched movies.

Of course, there are human actors here, but what would this be without the dog? A real star. This DVD does have extras, which include the making of the film, along with pieces about the locations, etc., and also there is a bloopers piece as well. This is well worth getting and is a thing of beauty, a film that really is a piece of art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 April 2012
Format: DVD
As I watched the Oscars unfolding through the small hours back in February on Sky, I was both flabbergasted and then rather irritated at the regularity of "the Academy Award goes to....The Artist", mainly because I knew of the real talent that was being consequently going away empty-handed.

Afterwards, finally seeing The Artist with friends in a multiplex, we were all a bit underwhelmed by the whole thing. The Oscar's hype had elevated it way and above that was mortally possible and whilst good, it couldn't weave its golden magic on us.

Out of my friends, I'm the only one who watches Silent movies in any shape or form. Therefore, that novelty was not going to overwhelm me. We all agreed on three positive things, though. 1 - The undeniable charm, charisma and dash of lead actor Jean Dujardin. 2 - The story toward the end and 3- The Dog. The dog, each and every time, every scene he's in were amazing and some really had to have been painstakingly choreographed.

As I said, the story picked up about a third way in and after George Valentin's (Dujardin) fall from fame and his nightmare flashed his situation to us, I could see where this movie was going and it finally 'clicked'. That the story was going to be similar to the essence of 'Singin' in the Rain', charting the dilemma that film-makers and actors of the silent era faced, which, of course, hailed the end for many huge stars, such as Charlie Chaplin.

The thrust - and a clever one - is that here, with The Artist, we have a French production, with an actor with a heavy and perhaps difficult to follow accent, who by being "silent", could make a surprise Hollywood hit. In every sense, it looks and feels old Hollywood, because you can't hear it.
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