"The Artist" Review
The Artist is a charming black and white mostly silent movie about George Valentin, a major silent film superstar who resembles Rudolph Valentino, and his difficulties making the transition from silent film to "talkies" in 1929.
Jean Dujardin is marvelous as the lead, capturing the exaggerated facial and body language by used silent film actors in their craft. Bernice Bejo was outstanding as well as the young Pepper Miller who Valentin helped get a start in Hollywood and who soon eclipsed her mentor as sound quickly supplanted silent films. John Goodman captured his role as the cigar chomping silent film producer, and James Cromwell was superb as Valentin's driver and manservant.
This clever, well acted movie, directed by Michel Hazanavicius, is one of the best I've seen recently. Highly Recommended.
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11-25-11NYTimes--"The Artist" review by A.O. Scott
- ‘The Artist,’ by Michel Hazanavicius - Review - NYTimes.com
“The Artist” is a touching and mostly silent movie with a musical soundtrack about an aging film idol, a peppy young actress and the passing of the silent-movie era.
Roger Ebert Thumbs Up Review of "The Artist"
- Roger Ebert Review of "The Artist"
Here's one of the most entertaining films in many a moon. It charms because of its story, its performances and because of the sly way it plays with being silent and black and white. "The Artist" knows you're aware it's silent and kids you about it.
- Michel Hazanavicius - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hazanavicius (born 1967) is a French film director, producer and writer known for his spy parodies two of which star Jean Dujardin. The Artist lost to Tree of Life for the Palm d'Or but Dujardin won for "The Artist."
- Jean Dujardin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dujardin garnered international fame and widespread acclaim with his performance of George Valentin in the 2011 award-winning silent movie The Artist. The role won him numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor, the Golden Globe...
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