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The Artist (2011)

  • Rate: 8.3/10 total 56,239 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance | Drama
  • Release Date: 20 January 2012 (USA)
  • Runtime: 100 min
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The Artist (2011)


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  • IMDb page: The Artist (2011)
  • Rate: 8.3/10 total 56,239 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance | Drama
  • Release Date: 20 January 2012 (USA)
  • Runtime: 100 min
  • Filming Location: Fremont Mansion – 56 Fremont Place, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Budget: $15,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $42,108,374(USA)(18 March 2012)
  • Director: Michel Hazanavicius
  • Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo and John Goodman
  • Original Music By: Ludovic Bource   
  • Soundtrack: Love Scene (Scène d'amour)
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS (as Datasat Digital Sound) | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Silent Film | Movie Star | Movie Studio | Dancing | Male Female Relationship

Writing Credits By:

  • Michel Hazanavicius (scenario and dialogue)

Known Trivia

  • The role of Jack the dog was actually played by three matching Jack Russell Terriers: Uggie; Dash; and Dude, although The lead dog Uggie did the majority of scenes. All three dogs were colored before the filming began, made to look more alike.
  • Penelope Ann Miller also played Edna Purviance, a famous silent movie actress, in the 1992 movie Chaplin, the bio-film about one of the most famous and renowned silent film comedians, Charles Chaplin.
  • Peppy’s house in the film is Mary Pickford’s house, and the bed where George Valentin wakes up is Mary Pickford’s bed.
  • During filming, Jean Dujardin lived in an isolated 1930s house in the Hollywood Hills.
  • In solitude, George views a reel from one of his silent swashbucklers through a film projector centered within his apartment. The film is in fact a genuine silent film, The Mark of Zorro, which established its star, Douglas Fairbanks, as a real life silent era action hero and matinée idol, the kind George Valentin is portrayed as being within the film. The scene from Zorro is altered, however, substituting actor Jean Dujardin as George for Fairbanks for the close-up shots.
  • The movie was shot in the 1.33:1 “Academy ratio,” just as in silent-film days, since director-writer Michel Hazanavicius considered it ‘perfect for actors’ because it gives them ‘a presence, a power, a strength. They occupy all the space of the screen.’
  • Many of the beaded dresses worn in the film by Bérénice Bejo and others were made by Leluxe Clothing.
  • The first mostly silent feature film given a major theatrical release since Mel Brooks’s Silent Movie in 1976.
  • Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) does not have an audible spoken line – despite being the talking movie star.
  • The film makes use of Bernard Herrmann’s love theme from Vertigo at a climactic moment, but this isn’t the first time director Michel Hazanavicius has borrowed from Alfred Hitchcock. He also used visual and musical cues from Vertigo and from North by Northwest in his spy spoof OSS 117: Lost in Rio, also starring Jean Dujardin.

Goofs: Incorrectly regarded as goofs: During the montage of films starring Peppy Miller, the spelling of her name on the movie posters changes from Pepi to Peppy. This may be deliberate – it is not uncommon for those with small parts to have their names misspelled.

Plot: Silent movie star George Valentin bemoans the coming era of talking pictures and fades into oblivion and self-destruction, but finds sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer lighting up talkies like no one else. Full summary »  »

Story: Outside a movie premiere, enthusiastic fan Peppy Miller literally bumps into the swashbuckling hero of the silent film, George Valentin. The star reacts graciously and Peppy plants a kiss on his cheek as they are surrounded by photographers. The headlines demand: "Who's That Girl?" and Peppy is inspired to audition for a dancing bit-part at the studio. However as Peppy slowly rises through the industry, the introduction of talking-pictures turns Valentin's world upside-down.Written by L. Hamre  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Jeremy Burdek known as co-producer
  • Antoine de Cazotte known as executive producer
  • Daniel Delume known as executive producer
  • Nadia Khamlichi known as co-producer
  • Thomas Langmann known as producer
  • Richard Middleton known as executive producer
  • Emmanuel Montamat known as producer
  • Adrian Politowski known as co-producer
  • Gilles Waterkeyn known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jean Dujardin known as George Valentin
  • Bérénice Bejo known as Peppy Miller
  • John Goodman known as Al Zimmer
  • James Cromwell known as Clifton
  • Penelope Ann Miller known as Doris
  • Missi Pyle known as Constance
  • Beth Grant known as Peppy's Maid
  • Ed Lauter known as The Butler
  • Joel Murray known as Policeman Fire
  • Bitsie Tulloch known as Norma
  • Ken Davitian known as Pawnbroker
  • Malcolm McDowell known as The Butler
  • Basil Hoffman known as Auctioneer
  • Bill Fagerbakke known as Policeman Tuxedo
  • Nina Siemaszko known as Admiring Woman
  • Stephen Mendillo known as Set Assistant
  • Dash Pomerantz known as Peppy's Boyfriend
  • Beau Nelson known as Peppy's Boyfriend
  • Alex Holliday known as Guard
  • Wiley M. Pickett known as Guard
  • Ben Kurland known as Audition Casting Assistant
  • Katie Nisa known as Audition Dancer
  • Katie Wallack known as Audition Dancer
  • Hal Landon Jr. known as Napoleon
  • Cleto Augusto known as Set Technician
  • Sarah Karges known as Laughing Dancer
  • Sarah Scott known as Laughing Dancer
  • Maize Olinger known as Shouting Dancer
  • Ezra Buzzington known as Journalist
  • Fred Bishop known as Journalist
  • Stuart Pankin known as Director #1 / Restaurant
  • Andy Milder known as Director #2
  • Bob Glouberman known as Director #3 (Finale)
  • David Allen Cluck known as Assistant Director (Finale) (as David Cluck)
  • Kristian Francis Falkenstein known as Actor in 'The Brunette' (as Kristian Falkenstein)
  • Matt Skollar known as Peppy's Assistant
  • Annie O'Donnell known as Woman with Policeman
  • Patrick Mapel known as Assistant with Newspaper
  • Matthew Albrecht known as Tennis Player
  • Harvey J. Alperin known as Doctor (as Harvey Alperin)
  • Lily Knight known as Nurse at Peppy's House
  • Clement Blake known as Beggar
  • Tasso Feldman known as Zimmer's Assistant
  • Christopher Ashe known as Zimmer's Assistant (as Chris Ashe)
  • Adria Tennor known as Zimmer's Secretary
  • Cletus Young known as Bartender
  • J. Mark Donaldson known as Thug #1
  • Brian J. Williams known as Thug #2 (as Brian Williams)
  • Andrew Ross Wynn known as Big Dancer (Restaurant)
  • Jen Lilley known as Onlooker
  • Brian Chenoweth known as Onlooker
  • Tim De Zarn known as Soldier
  • Uggie known as The Dog
  • Pasquale Cassalia known as Dancer (credit only)
  • Rose Murphy known as Herself (archive sound)
  • Ashley Lane Adams known as Girl at Audition (uncredited)
  • David Bantly known as Studio Executive (uncredited)
  • Bill Blair known as Studio Engineer (uncredited)
  • Joshua Capo known as Clerk (uncredited)
  • Vincent De Paul known as Restaurant Manager (uncredited)
  • Mohamed Dione known as African (uncredited)
  • Josephine Ganner known as 1930's Studio Actress (uncredited)
  • Kevin Michael Hoffman known as Peppy's Dance Partner (uncredited)
  • Jillana Laufer known as Silent Film Star (uncredited)
  • Sonya Macari known as Autograph Girl (uncredited)
  • Josh Margulies known as Film Clapper #1 (uncredited)
  • Rene Napoli known as Studio Executive (uncredited)
  • Niko Novick known as Producer (uncredited)
  • Philip Ongert known as Set Costumer – Finale (uncredited)
  • Geoff Pilkington known as Sound Technician (uncredited)
  • Jamie Preston known as Engineer (uncredited)
  • Andrew Schlessinger known as 1920s Lighting Technician (uncredited)
  • Jewel Shepard known as Flapper Starlet (uncredited)
  • John H. Tobin known as Violinist in Ballroom (uncredited)
  • Josh Woodle known as Man in Bed with Peppy (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Stacey K. Black known as hair stylist
  • Cydney Cornell known as department head hair stylist
  • Clarisse Domine known as key makeup artist
  • Jed Dornoff known as makeup artist
  • Kelcey Fry known as makeup artist
  • Jenni Brown Greenberg known as makeup artist
  • Zoe Hay known as key makeup artist
  • Julie Hewett known as makeup department head
  • Pecha Koy known as hair stylist
  • Adruitha Lee known as hair stylist
  • Lydia Milars known as makeup artist
  • Michele Payne known as assistant hair stylist
  • Maha Saade known as makeup artist
  • Lynn Tully known as key hair stylist
  • Angie Wells known as makeup artist
  • Karen Zanki known as hair stylist
  • Joy Zapata known as hair stylist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Berj Daniel Bedrosian known as propmaker
  • Erin Boyd known as head buyer
  • Franck 'Frenchy' Brousse known as set dresser
  • Tim Burriss known as set dresser
  • Martin Charles known as graphic designer
  • Paul Ford known as set dresser
  • Penelope Franco known as set dresser
  • Carmine Goglia known as stand-by painter
  • Cheryl Gould known as leadperson
  • Robert Grbavac known as painter
  • Angie Kern known as construction medic
  • Carol Kiefer known as art department coordinator
  • Greg Knapp known as construction/rigging medic
  • Arin Ladish known as on-set dresser
  • Joe Mason known as art department assistant
  • Ray Maxwell known as construction location foreman
  • Stephen McCumby known as props
  • Joe Monaco known as on-set dresser
  • Adam Mull known as set designer
  • Bob Renna known as set dresser
  • Ashley Rice known as set dressing buyer
  • Kim Richey known as assistant property master
  • Michelle Spears known as property master
  • Bryan Turk known as general foreman
  • Daniel Turk known as construction coordinator
  • Jesse Vogel known as painter
  • Rebecca Wentz known as art department assistant
  • Todd Wolcott known as standby greensman
  • Kaitlynn Wood known as set dec intern




Production Companies:

  • La Petite Reine (co-production)
  • La Classe Américaine (co-production)
  • JD Prod (co-production)
  • France 3 Cinéma (co-production)
  • Jouror Productions (co-production)
  • uFilm (co-production)
  • Canal+ (participation)
  • CinéCinéma (participation)
  • France Télévision (participation)
  • Le Tax Shelter du Gouvernement Fédéral de Belgique (with the support of)

Other Companies:

  • uFund  funding
  • Actuels Voyages  travel agency
  • Animal Savvy  animals provided by
  • Apollo Productions / AAR Digital  advertising and promotions
  • Barbes Brothers  production management: Los Angeles
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  hydrascope telescoping crane arm
  • Cinéstéréo  optical transfer
  • Comerica Bank of California  banking services
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Duboicolor  digital intermediate
  • Entertainment Clearances  clearances
  • Gallagher Entertainment  insurance
  • History For Hire  camera equipment provided by (Period Camera Equipment)
  • Lobster Films  archive
  • Media Services  payroll services
  • Packair Airfreight  shipping
  • Panavision Alga  camera equipment provided by
  • Panavision Remote Systems  Technocranes and Libra Heads
  • Pierce Law Group  production legal services
  • Rag Place Rentals, The  lighting and technical fabrics
  • S.I.S.  sound mixing studio
  • Scanlab  dailies
  • Sessions Payroll Management  extras payroll services
  • Sony Music  soundtrack
  • TM Motion Picture Equipment  grip and lighting equipment


  • Cinéart (2011) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2011) (France) (theatrical)
  • Weinstein Company, The (2011) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Bir Film (2012) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Cinéart (2011) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • BIM Distribuzione (2011) (Italy) (theatrical)
  • Alta Films (2011) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Alliance Films (2011) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Cathay-Keris Films (2011) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Cine Colombia (2012) (Colombia) (theatrical)
  • Delphi Filmverleih Produktion (2012) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Diamond Films (2012) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Entertainment Film Distributors (2011) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Feelgood Entertainment (2011) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Festive Films (2011) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • GAGA (2012) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Londra Films P&D (2012) (Bolivia) (theatrical)
  • Praesens-Film (2011) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Videocine S.A. de C.V. (2012) (Mexico) (theatrical)
  • EDKO Film (2012) (Hong Kong) (all media)
  • IPA Asia Pacific (2012) (Thailand) (all media)
  • PepperView Entertainment (2012) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Tanweer Films (2011) (India) (all media)
  • Teleview International (2011) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Digital District (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Philippe Aubry known as flame artist
  • Jerome Auliac known as digital compositor
  • Seif Boutella known as visual effects artist
  • Laurent Brett known as digital compositor
  • Laurent Brett known as title designer
  • Jimmy Cavé known as digital artist
  • Jimmy Cavé known as visual effects artist
  • Aurélien Grand known as retouch and restoration
  • Aurelie Lajoux known as senior compositor
  • Arnaud Leviez known as digital artist
  • Amandine Moulinet known as visual effects coordinator
  • Romain Moussel known as visual effects coordinator
  • Sofi Vaillant known as digital compositor

Release Date:

  • France 15 May 2011 (Cannes Film Festival) (premiere)
  • Russia 26 June 2011 (Moscow Film Festival)
  • Canada 20 August 2011 (Montréal World Film Festival)
  • Canada 9 September 2011 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • France 10 September 2011 (Deauville American Film Festival)
  • Greece 14 September 2011 (Athens Film Festival)
  • Spain 23 September 2011 (Donostia-San Sebastian International Film Festival)
  • Switzerland 30 September 2011 (Zurich Film Festival)
  • France 3 October 2011 (Grand Lyon Film Festival)
  • Portugal 6 October 2011 (Festa do Cinema Frances)
  • South Korea 8 October 2011 (Pusan International Film Festival)
  • Belgium 12 October 2011
  • France 12 October 2011
  • USA 14 October 2011 (New York Film Festival)
  • Netherlands 4 November 2011 (Amsterdam Film Week)
  • Spain 5 November 2011 (Seville European Film Festival)
  • UK 20 November 2011 (Leeds International Film Festival)
  • USA 23 November 2011 (limited)
  • Netherlands 24 November 2011
  • Spain 25 November 2011 (Madrid)
  • Canada 30 November 2011 (Ottawa European Union Film Festival)
  • Spain 2 December 2011 (Barcelona)
  • Canada 3 December 2011 (Vancouver European Union Film Festival)
  • Italy 7 December 2011 (Milan)
  • Canada 9 December 2011 (limited)
  • Estonia 9 December 2011
  • Italy 9 December 2011
  • United Arab Emirates 11 December 2011 (Dubai International Film Festival)
  • Spain 16 December 2011
  • Greece 22 December 2011
  • Lebanon 22 December 2011
  • Singapore 22 December 2011
  • Ireland 30 December 2011
  • Lithuania 30 December 2011
  • UK 30 December 2011
  • Israel 12 January 2012
  • USA 20 January 2012
  • Germany 26 January 2012
  • Turkey 27 January 2012
  • Australia 2 February 2012
  • Portugal 2 February 2012
  • Denmark 9 February 2012
  • New Zealand 9 February 2012
  • Brazil 10 February 2012
  • Poland 10 February 2012
  • Kazakhstan 14 February 2012
  • Russia 14 February 2012
  • Argentina 16 February 2012
  • Mexico 17 February 2012
  • Colombia 22 February 2012
  • Chile 23 February 2012
  • Hong Kong 23 February 2012
  • Hungary 23 February 2012
  • Indonesia 23 February 2012
  • Peru 23 February 2012
  • Bulgaria 24 February 2012 (premiere)
  • India 24 February 2012
  • Norway 24 February 2012
  • Paraguay 24 February 2012
  • Romania 24 February 2012
  • Finland 2 March 2012
  • Serbia 5 March 2012 (Belgrade International Film Festival)
  • Armenia 6 March 2012
  • Kuwait 8 March 2012
  • Slovenia 8 March 2012
  • Sweden 9 March 2012
  • Venezuela 9 March 2012
  • Japan 7 April 2012

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for a disturbing image and a crude gesture



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  1. RolyRoly from Canada
    29 Mar 2012, 6:06 pm

    The Artist arrived at the Toronto International Film Festival precededby the accolades it received at Cannes, so expectations were high, butthose expectations have been more than amply fulfilled. This film is anabsolute marvel – charming, witty, surprising, moving, clever andbeautiful. Filmmaking is about decisions, thousands and thousands ofthem, and everyone involved in The Artist makes every decision toperfection. The cinematography is ravishing in luminous black andwhite. The musical score, on which the film, being silent, is sodependant, is subtle when it needs to be subtle, dramatic when theoccasion calls for it, and never overbearing or overwrought. Thescreenplay (yes, silent films do have screenplays) toys with theconventions of the silent era, paying homage to some of the greatestfilms of the first two or three decades of cinema history. The actingis flawless, extracting emotion and humour from a simple but classicstoryline. The direction displays such self-assurance, and treats theaudience with such respect, that it is almost like having a dialoguewith the director.

    The Artist is one of the most enjoyable movie experiences I have everhad. It deserves a wide audience and all sorts of awards. I can hardlywait to see it again.

    And oh yes, if there is ever an Oscar for best animal performance, thedog in The Artist should receive a lifetime achievement award for thisrole alone.

  2. ElMaruecan82 from France
    29 Mar 2012, 6:06 pm

    «We didn't need dialogs, we had faces» said the narcissistic NormaDesmond (Gloria Swanson) in Billy Wilder' "Sunset Boulevard", referringto the Silent Era, when she used to be big … before the 'pictures gotsmall'.

    The reason of this introduction is that after watching MichelHazanavicius' critically acclaimed: "The Artist", I strongly felt thiswas the perfect illustration to Norma Desmond's iconic eulogy. Frombeginning to end, my eyes never ceased to be amazed by thecommunicative smile of Jean Dujardin as George Valentin, the agingsilent movie star and the sparkling eyes of Berenice Bejo as PeppyMiller, the young and flamboyant starlet. Their faces occupy the screenwith such an electrifying magnetism that they don't just steal thescenes, they steal the dialogs … literally.

    I was awestruck by Dujardin's performance. To those who didn't grew upwith French TV programs, he's one of the most popular and talentedcomedians of his generation. Dujardin created the character of Brice deNice, a blonde surfer whose specialty was to 'diss people', but it wasso funny it never sounded mean-spirited. He was a member of a cultcomic-troop (who made sketches à la SNL) but even back then, he had alittle something that made him special: a voice, a smile, a charisma inboth TV and movies, in both dramatic and comedic register. There was nodoubt in France that the guy who was famous for his impressions ofRobert De Niro and the camel (and even De Niro doing the camel) waspromised to a brilliant career.

    Look closely at Jean Dujardin's face, it's like drawn with 'classic'features: the finely traced mustache who builds a Fairbanks-likecharisma like the strength from Samson's hair, the dazzling smilemaking him look like the lost son of Gene Kelly, and a certain machotoughness reminding of a young Sean Connery. Dujardin's face is a giftfrom cinematic Gods, and "The Artist" finally lets it glide, earninghim the Cannes Festival Award for Best Actor. I sincerely believe hedeserves an Oscar nomination, because he just doesn't play an actorfrom the Silent Era, he embodies the Era with the same level ofdemented craziness as Norma Desmond, in a brighter and morelight-hearted side.

    Valentin's self-absorption echoes Desmond's cynical ego while his gaudy'Don Lockwood' mask (Gene Kelly in "Singin' in the Rain") hides themore poignant face of his insecurity. He's the star of the screenbecause only the screen allows him to express his unique talent. WhileLockwood had to adapt to the 'talking' revolution, George Valentinmakes a conservative U Turn starting an inexorable descent intomadness, from an outcast, to a has-been until being finally alienatedby his own talkie-phobia. The direction is so clever that it challengesmany times our perceptions, creating unexpected feelings of discomfortwhen real sounds are heard. But I was surprised to see how much itworked on a dramatic level.

    And this is the strength of the film, although I expect it todiscomfort some viewers: it isn't a tribute in the literary meaning ofthe word. It has its moments where it tricks us into the use of soundsor dialogs, but never fails to distract us from the core of the story:the romance. Very quickly, we forget about spotting the hints, thereferences to silent classics: chase scenes, over-the-top comicalgesticulations, slapstick jokes etc. This mindset would disappointthose who expected a film with the same material as Mel Brook's "SilentMovie", which was clearly a tribute. "The Artist" IS a silent movie,featuring a beautiful romance between George and Peppy, who got herbreak with an idea from George, something that would make her differentfrom the other actresses: a beauty spot above the upper lip. A clevercredit-billing montage depicts her consequent ascension to stardomuntil she finally dethrones George and makes a has-been out of him.

    If I mentioned the performance of Dujardin, Berenice Bejo also deservessome accolades because she succeeded in looking so "old" from our POVyet so fresh and modern in the film, with the appealing feel-good andoptimistic attitude she constantly brings on screen. With her doll-faceand youngish smile, she's like a cute little girl enjoying what shedoes. In a way, Peppy Miller embodies the film's most inspirationalelement: a positive message about passion and enjoyment. And thisindirectly highlights George's source of troubles: being deprived fromwhat he enjoyed the most and suffering from his progressive fading intooblivion. Along with this conflict, the evolution of George and Peppy'sromance never feels forced, quite an accomplishment when we considerhow slightly over-the-top silent movie stars used to act.

    Both Dujardin and Bejo are indeed powerful in an Oscar-worthy level andat that moment, I can't continue without mentioning the third characterof the film, George's dog. The relationship between George and the dogprovides a sort of Chaplinesque feel to the movie, a mix of tendernessand poignancy, so natural and convincing I wonder if the Academy willthink of a honorary Oscar. Anyway, I applaud Hazanivicius for nothaving reduced "The Artist" to a flashy spectacle with no substance,with the word 'homage' as the director's convenient alibi, and make atouching romance about two people who met each other at a pivotal timein the history of film-making, each representing a side of cinema, theold-school silent generation: Chaplin, Keaton, Pickford and theexuberant talkers: Grant, Hepburn, Davis … And I'm glad he found thetrue note to reconcile between these two universes at the end … didn'tI tell you Dujardin was the lost son of Gene Kelly?

    "The Artist" plays like a missing link between "Singin' in the Rain"and "Sunset Boulevard" and it's indeed one of the best films of 2011,with the absence of words as an endearing 'beauty spot'.

  3. courageousjames from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 6:06 pm

    I managed to catch a screening of this at Cannes, and if you'rethinking about skipping this film because it's silent and black andwhite, you're going to be missing out on a very special experience.

    Everything about this film is exceptional. The acting is top-notch, thestory is intriguing, and despite being black and white, the film isvisually appealing. The filmmakers really make great use of the medium,and even though there are no voices or color, my interest was neverlost.

    Jean Dujardin gives a great performance. You like him instantly and,without giving too much away, you want him to succeed. This movie isreally chock full of great actors and actresses. You'll see somefamiliar faces, but they all blend in well with the world of the film.

    I really don't know a whole lot about the director Michel Hazanavicius,but after seeing this film I'm definitely interested in seeing what hedoes next.

    Highly recommend!

  4. looneytuna from India
    29 Mar 2012, 6:06 pm

    As I waited for two hours in a long queue to watch this movie at theMumbai Film Festival, I wondered why I was doing so much for a silentmovie, of all things. Post screening, I'm ready to brave hail, rain orthe super hot Indian summer sun and stand in a serpentine queue, justto watch this movie all over again.

    'The Artist' is sure to go down in history as a must-watch. For thosewho want to study films, for those who pursue cinema relentlessly, andalso for those who just watch movies because they just like to. Ifyou're wondering why a silent film, the movie not only answers it, butmakes you fall in love with the medium. it's clearly a product of athinking director, where every thing in the scene has a story to tell.Whether it's the ironical film posters, street signs, or just a littledog barking quietly in the corner.

    I don't need to comment on the talents. The Best Actor award at Cannes2011 has done that already. I will however mention the four-leggedsupporting actor in the movie. Best performance I've ever seen so far!

    Enjoy this movie. Add it to your collection. This is one movie worthupgrading to from DVD to Blue Ray to …

  5. Jester90210 from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 6:06 pm

    I go to a lot of screenings and it is rare that once the credits roll Ifeel satisfied. One or more of the elements of most films just don'twork together to create a feeling that you have been thoroughlyentertained.

    I am happy to say that this film DELIVERS! The acting is superb, thechemistry between all of the actors is sizzling, the comedy isabsolutely hilarious, the storyline grips you and never lets go, themusic is superb, and you feel emotionally connected with the charactersand story.

    If you check my previous reviews, you will see that I am most oftenmoved to write a review when a film was really bad, but this filmcaught me completely off guard and I just had to express myoverwhelming satisfaction with this filmmaking experience.

    I can't imagine how difficult it must have been to try and finance aperiod film with two stars who were not well known outside of their owncountry. I am just overjoyed that it all came together. This is howfilm should make you feel when you leave the theater – entertained! Tothe entire production team – BRAVO!!

  6. renzl from France
    29 Mar 2012, 6:06 pm

    Jean Dujardin deserved his Palme D'or for his captivating and wonderfulperformance. Where to start…this film is so clever, so beautifullycrafted, so mesmerising. The lost art of the silent film is once againbrought to life and that era is impressively recreated, whether it bethe acting style, the sets, the locations (shot in Hollywood), theshimmering black and white photography. It is obvious to see that thepeople behind L'artiste respected that era of film making and wanted torecreate the magic with some modern touches ( I won't spoil them) andtotally succeeded. I saw this in Cannes at an 8.30 am press screeningand was totally entranced. I cannot wait to see it again!

  7. chrismsawin from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 6:06 pm

    The Artist had quite the reputation going for it before it debuted atthe Cinema Arts Festival in Houston, Texas. Early reviews were alreadyvery positive and many Houston critics were talking about how much theywere anticipating getting the chance to see it. I purposely went inblind and only found out just moments before I entered the theater thatit was a silent film and was not only shot in but would be presented inthe now practically ancient 1.33:1 aspect ratio. A black and whitesilent feature film made in modern times; what's not to like aboutthat? Truth be told, nothing can really prepare you for howextraordinary The Artist really is.

    George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is the king of silent movies inHollywood in 1927. Audiences just adore everything George is a part of.Along comes Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) who you just know is going tobe a huge star some day. George and Peppy work together on one film asGeorge not only takes her under his wing, but an undeniable sparkdevelops between the two. Over the course of the next few years, silentmovies fade into obscurity as talking pictures or "talkies" explodeonto the scene. George finds himself struggling for not only work, buta purpose to live as Peppy becomes the next big thing overnight.

    The Artist is funny and charming right out the gate. Jean Dujardinreally plays to the crowd and appears to love nothing more thancatering to the people who come to see his films. George's dog Jackmight be the biggest form of comic relief in the film. The way he playsdead and covers his head with his paws are always both presented in away that is fresh and laugh out loud funny each and every time they'reutilized. Once Bérénice Bejo enters the picture, the film begins toevolve into a type of romance. It's odd though because to myrecollection George and Peppy never kiss. Peppy seems to steal thespotlight in the same way George does as soon as you see her dance forthe first time. The laughs are there, the charms are there, The Artisthas a firm grip on your heart and your attention and never really letsgo.

    The film eventually begins to get a bit darker though as silent movieswither away and talking pictures take their spot. George's downwardspiral is really fantastic to watch. It's mostly due to not onlyDujardin's superb performance, but also the way many of these scenesare filmed. There's a scene where George is sitting down at a mirrortable drinking whiskey. You see nothing but George, his reflection, andthe alcohol. He pours the booze on the tabletop as the look of disgustbecomes more chiseled on his brow. That scene is so beyond amazing. Thebrilliant music used in the film also just captures the time periodperfectly. There's also this dream that George has right before he'slet go from his contract where he can't speak, but everything aroundhim has sound. That sequence is really spectacular, as well.

    The Artist can get a little dark at times, but for the most part isextremely lighthearted and feel-good at its core. Never have I wanted amovie to end on a happy note so badly in my life. Through the highs andthe lows of George Valentin and the depressing outcome of his careeralong with the heartwarming sensation you get from nearly everything inbetween, the entire experience just feels so real; so genuine. TheArtist is just pure perfection, a masterpiece, and an instant classic.

  8. Jason Cumming from Paris, France
    29 Mar 2012, 6:06 pm

    This is a treat. Charismatic leads with chemistry and talent, in a lovestory that plays as a pitch perfect homage to vintage Hollywoodfeatures, whilst never tipping over into parody, and that's no meanfeat. The period detail is outstanding: film stocks, tints, (heck eventhe frame weave), captions and montage are all on the money.

    There's an evocative score, an imaginative use of silence, wonderfullocations and costume. All rounded off by a top notch cast whichincludes a brilliant dog. Dujardin is every inch the charming 20's starand Bejo is sassy, surefooted and gorgeous. Go see this people. They domake 'em like they used to!

  9. M. J Arocena from New Zealand
    29 Mar 2012, 6:06 pm

    What a treat. I left the theater sort of floating. Delighted. AEuropean film looking back at Hollywood better than Hollywood has beenable to do for years. "A Star Is Born" and "Singing In The Rain" mixedin a glorious black and white cocktail. Silent, yes silent! But with afabulous score and so much panache. Jean Dujardin is the revelation ofthe year. What a performance! Running the gamut of emotions, leaving usbreathless, and if this wasn't enough, a rousing tap dance routine inthe style of Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell, partnering with thewonderful Berenice Bejo. I know that it's not just me. The audienceapplauded and cheered as the end credits rolled.

  10. SusanShop from Canada
    29 Mar 2012, 6:06 pm

    I have read that in 1895 the art of movie making began, allbeit inblack and white and silent. It would be another 25-30 years until thesecond half of the 1920's before the innovations of Technicolour andsound would change how movies were made! Many of the actors inHollywood were new immigrants, and dialogue coaches had not beeninvented yet, so when silents became talkies, many previouslysuccessful film careers were over. The European accents didn'ttranslate so well. The Artist asks the question – how does one makethat transition from silent to talkie? And then proceeds to answerusing the silent/black and white techniques of those firstpictures…absolutely brilliantly !! This afternoon I drove 2 1/2 hours(each way) to see The Artist at the Montreal World Film Festival. Beinga fan of the silent film genre, I was watching for nods to those firststars of the silver screen. Some were obvious and some were moresubtle.I want to talk about the picture so much, but don't want to giveanything away. LOVED THE FILM – I may have to make it to the TorontoInternational Film Festival (TIFF) in September to see The Artist again!!It's worth the trip !!!

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