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Good, simple story made as a silent black & white film, although filmed with modern technology
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.