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Winner of 5 Academy Awards® including: Best Picture, Best Actor (Jean Dujardin), Best Director, Best Original Musical Score, and Best Costume Design.The Artist is a love letter and homage to classic black-and-white silent films. The film is enormously likable and is anchored by a charming performance from Jean Dujardin, as silent movie star George Valentin. In late-1920s Hollywood, as Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he makes an intense connection with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break. As one career declines, another flourishes, and by channeling elements of A Star Is Born and Singing in the Rain, The Artist tells the engaging story with humor, melodrama, romance, and--most importantly--silence. As wonderful as the performances by Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo (Miller) are, the real star of The Artist is cinematographer Guillaume Schiffman. Visually, the film is stunning. Crisp and beautifully contrasted, each frame is so wonderfully constructed that this sweet and unique little movie is transformed from entertaining fluff to a profound cinematic achievement. --Kira Canny
Hollywood, 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is one of Hollywood's reigning silent screen idols, instantly recognizable with his slim moustache and signature white tie and tails. Starring in exotic tales of intrigue and derring-do, the actor has turned out hit after hit for Kinograph, the studio run by cigar-chomping mogul Al Zimmer (John Goodman). His success has brought him an elegant mansion and an equally elegant wife, Doris (Penelope Ann Miller). Chauffeured to the studio each day by his devoted driver Clifton (James Cromwell), George is greeted by his own smiling image, emblazoned on the posters prominently placed throughout the Kinograph lot. As he happily mugs for rapturous fans and reporters at his latest film premiere, George is a man indistinguishable from his persona-- and a star secure in his future.
For young dancer Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo), the future will be what she makes of it. Vivacious and good-humored, with an incandescent smile and a flapper's ease of movement, Peppy first crosses George's path at his film premiere and then as an extra on his latest film at Kinograph. As they film a brief dance sequence, the leading man and the newcomer fall into a natural rhythm, the machinery of moviemaking fading into the background. But the day must finally end, sending the matinee idol and the eager hopeful back to their respective places on the Hollywood ladder.
And Hollywood itself will soon fall under sway of a captivating new starlet: talking pictures. George wants no part of the new technology, scorning the talkie as a vulgar fad destined for the dustbin. By 1929, Kinograph is preparing to cease all silent film production and George faces a choice: embrace sound, like the rising young star Peppy Miller; or risk a slide into obscurity...
Hollywood, 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) est une vedette du cinéma muet à qui tout sourit. L'arrivée des films parlants va le faire sombrer dans l'oubli. Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo), jeune figurante, va elle, être propulsée au firmament des stars. Ce film raconte l'histoire de leurs destins croisés, ou comment la célébrité, l'orgueil et l'argent peuvent être autant d'obstacles à leur histoire d'amour..
Probably the most creative movie in 30 years. This movie has a soul and I really became concerned about all the characters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Trust Me
You must demonstrate true acting skills to play in a silent fill. The actors in this movie....nailed it!Published 15 months ago by J. Messere
We start out with a one dog act that contains a man in a mask George (Jean Dujardin). George runs into Peppy (Miller not Pepé Le Pew) he helps get her started in the movies. Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2013 by B. Chandler
I got this film for my film club and potentially for my French classroom. Unfortunately, it is not good for the French classroom because despite being a film from France and... Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2013 by Renee
Takes a few minutes for the format to click after which the interest grows -- was enjoyable --- lent it to friends who also agreed with our review/Published on June 14 2013 by Ian Haughton