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The Artist (Bilingual) [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] (Sous-titres français)
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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...
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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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.Read more ›
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...
These techniques were done to to give us the flavor of the films of the era. Even though those restored masters are available, who among the 5 star rave reviewers watch them? You could list them on one hand, or maybe one finger. In the silent era, the jokes were visual. The sound track created the mood, more so than it does today, and actors had to make dramatic movements to create emotions. They used their face...a term called "mugging" in the film. This was brilliantly brought out in the film, although we already knew that.
The film uses symbolism, such as when our star George Valentin's (Jean Dujardin)career is sinking, it shows him in a film sinking in quicksand. Good yes. Genius? Hardly. The script reminded me of "A Star is Born" (pick one) where a star launches the career of a new star only to see his fade. George is "The Artist" who believes talkies are not art. Besides the studio no longer wants George. They want fresh faces such as rising star Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo).
I liked the idea of doing the silent movie film to show us the transition from silent to talkies, I just didn't like the predictable script. Plot is important.
No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. You should be able to read lips after this film.
Hollywood 1927. George Valentin [Jean Dujardin] Academy Awards® Winner, is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller [Berenice Bejo], it seems the sky's the limit and major movie stardom awaits. `THE ARTIST' tells the story of their interlinked destinies. `THE ARTIST' is a love letter and homage to classic black-and-white silent films.
FILM FACT Part One: Awards and Nominations: 2011 Cannes Film Festival: Won: Best Actor for Jean Dujardin. Won: Palm Dog Award for Uggie. Nominated: Palme d'Or for Michel Hazanavicius. 2012 Academy Awards®: Won: Best Picture for Thomas Langmann. Won: Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius. Won: Best Actor in a Leading Role for Jean Dujardin. Won: Best Original Score for Ludovic Bource. Won: Best Costume Design for Mark Bridges. Nominated: Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Bérénice Bejo. Nominated: Best Original Screenplay for Michel Hazanavicius. Nominated: Best Art Direction for Laurence Bennett and Robert Gould. Nominated: Best Cinematography for Guillaume Schiffman. 2012 Art Directors Guild: Nominated: Period Film for Laurence Bennett, Greg Hooper, Joshua Lusby, Adam Mull, Jamie Rama, Martin Charles and Robert Gould. 2012 BAFTA® Awards: Won: Best Film for Thomas Langmann. Won: Best Direction for Michel Hazanavicius. Won: Best Actor for Jean Dujardin Won: Best Original Screenplay for Michel Hazanavicius. Won: Best Music for Ludovic Bource. Won: Best Cinematography for Guillaume Schiffman. Won: Costume Design for Mark Bridges.Read more ›
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Great dvd, I had no problem playing it on my dvd player. Great movie.Published 10 days ago by Tan Wei
Probably the most creative movie in 30 years. This movie has a soul and I really became concerned about all the characters. Read morePublished 5 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 17 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 Bernie
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