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The Artist (Bilingual) [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Sous-titres français)

Jean Dujardin , Berenice Bejo , Michel Hazanavicius    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
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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

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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...

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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..


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For Lovers Of Classic Cinema Everywhere. June 25 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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Artist May 12 2013
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A lot of people did not like this movie because they weren't sure about what they were going in for. Now that this highly critically acclaimed movie has won Oscars, folks like me have given it another chance. This film in of itself is a period peice and a look at the silent film era of entertainment, done in the style of an (almost completely) silent film. If people knew it was a silent film prior to seeing it, I think they would be prepared and enjoy it like I did.
Watching and liking a movie is all about context. If you know you are about to see a comic book movie, your expectations on realism versus fantasy will be attuned to what you are about to see, and you will appreciate it for what it is. This is a fantastic movie about the powerful role of the actor, and the body language they use to convey emotions and tell a story without sound effects, only subtitles; as was the way before the 'talkies' came out. The story is of a proud silent screen actor who stubbornly refuses to get on board with the new sound added movies, and struggles with this while his biggest fans and friends do whatever they can to keep him relevant. This is a crossroads piece. Like the locomotive and motor car replacing the horse, or video killing the radio star...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Silent Artist !! June 14 2013
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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/
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent B & W movie ! April 27 2013
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I liked ,"The Artist" , The actors were very suited for this movie and the dog stole the show! :)
The motif of scene within scene was well done and added to the old time scenes. I didn't miss colour at all.
I was disappointed with the ending as the Artist's voice didn't come across as well as it did in the theatre.
The silent movies have a beauty all their own and this one was no exception.
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5.0 out of 5 stars worth every dollar Dec 8 2012
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dance scenes are amazing. the missing dialogue add to the picture and the music is phenomenal, i have watch the the artist at least a dozen times since purchase,at 84 years it is right up there with "gone with the wind" as entertainment value. freddy
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4.0 out of 5 stars I applaud it, but how will it be remembered? Feb. 5 2012
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
The Artist (2012)
Comedy, Romance, Drama, 100 minutes
Directed by Michael Hazanavicius
Starring Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo and John Goodman

I make an effort to see all of the major Oscar bait, even if it's something that I am not sure I'll like. The Artist falls into that category. I have no problem with black and white or the use of the 1.37:1 aspect ratio, but a silent movie? The idea itself is superb of course. Most moviegoers are too young to remember the silent era, so why not provide a similar experience using modern technology?

Most of the reviews I have read have praised the movie and it's scooping awards at every major show. Is the hype justified?

Well, it was certainly an interesting experience. The audience was very respectful and quieter than for most movies. The movie is silent for the most part, but finds a couple of inventive ways to use both sounds and spoken dialogue. It's easy to follow the rather simple story and title cards are used when something absolutely has to be communicated to the audience. The acting is very good. Dujardin and Bejo have expressive faces that are up to the task. Dujardin has a lot of charm and seems to portray happiness with ease.

The audience didn't become involved very often. What few laughs there were usually came in response to the antics of Uggie the dog. In fact, that's the problem right there; involvement. The Artist was clever. I applaud the idea and the execution, but I just wasn't emotionally invested with the characters and the outcome. I found myself smiling at the technical feat of showing us 1927 and creating the atmosphere of the silent movie experience, but I didn't care enough about the characters.

Most of my favorite movies are driven by dialogue.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Contrived
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 more
Published 7 months ago by bernie
2.0 out of 5 stars Unique film, but wasn't to my taste.
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 more
Published 10 months ago by Renee
3.0 out of 5 stars Just a renter
Sometimes I believe a picture gets on a roll. If the right people say they like it awards come and then lots of people spend money on it.
Published 15 months ago by Christina
4.0 out of 5 stars So much to explore
So much to explore, The video is amazing I have all the disks to explore beyond the DVD. I make a fun representation of the History of Black and White.
Published 18 months ago by Barry Huddlestun
4.0 out of 5 stars Not without merit, but over-hyped
I decided to watch The Artist for two reasons: 1) the overwhelmingly positive reviews and 2) because I'd seen its star, Jean Dujardin, in Lucky Luke and enjoyed his understated... Read more
Published 21 months ago by OpenMind
3.0 out of 5 stars "Cut."
As the story opens, it is 1929, and we meet George Valentin, a dashing matinée idol who thrills his fans with his silent movies. Read more
Published on June 26 2012 by Kona
5.0 out of 5 stars Life mirrors art mirrors life
It's not often that I go to see a movie twice, but here is a brave, unusual movie that takes huge risks with the audience, and explores the dominant theme of this years Oscars,... Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2012 by L. Power
5.0 out of 5 stars Une réussite !
Ce film est une réussite totale, un petit bijou : histoire, musique, acteurs (dont fait partie Uggy le petit chien surdoué), tout est beau, tout est convaincant et... Read more
Published on Feb. 9 2012 by John Doe
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