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4.4 out of 5 stars
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4.4 out of 5 stars
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on 16 October 2016
This is a good, simple story filmed in 2011 but as a silent black and white film, so as to look like the films of the 1920s, the period in which the story is set, although it was filmed with modern technology.

The frames are slightly speeded up to suggest the look of early silent films, although not as much as they would have been then, due to the limited number of frames per second that cameras of the earlier twentieth century could record.

‘The Artist’ is about a silent movie star of the 1920s who helps an unknown young actress begin her career, only to see her become rich and famous while he is ruined when he cannot adapt to the new medium of films with sound. The story ends on a happier note.

In the quite interesting and extensive DVD extras (mostly in colour and with sound!) the leading actors look very different when not made up as their characters.

‘The Artist’ received numerous awards, including Oscars. This may owe a little to the film industry liking films about itself. I give it 4 stars rather than 5.

However, I did care about the characters and found making a black and white, silent film in the modern era an interesting choice partly because it is such an unusual thing to do. It is unlikely to have many imitators, but just now and then, as here, it works.
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on 26 April 2017
The Artist isn't just a film, it's a cinematic experience. Oh yes, my first silent film and I enjoyed this immensely. The feel good factor, the classy production values and the close attention to the small details. It's got it all. Dujardin and Bejo were great at capturing that classic Hollywood feel, and Uggie was one talented dog! Silent acting is difficult, having to portray all your emotions physically just from the face and they did such a grand job. I loved the musical score, really elevated the experience and was fitting for each scene. I adored the fact that some scenes actually included sound effects, was just genius. My only gripe, is that the second third was slightly uneven in pacing. But I can safely say this film has opened my eyes to the world of silent movies.
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on 27 July 2017
Beautifully...
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on 14 August 2017
great purchase
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on 5 May 2017
Enchanting film, mesmerising just watching their lips move, and a star turn from the dog.
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on 3 January 2017
RECEIVED THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
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on 21 April 2013
Stunning film just couldn't switch it off and have had to have it ripped out of the Bluray player such was the compulsion to view it.
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on 20 March 2017
Grandad pioneer of early film and would know this story well - loved it.
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on 31 March 2013
I watched this at the cinema but bought this as a gift for somebody I knew who would enjoy it but doesn't go to the cinema. They were delighted with it.
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on 1 February 2013
Didnt think that i would like a silent film, bought as a gift on reccomendation but theres a reason it won so many awards
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