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George Valentin is one of Hollywood's reigning silent screen idols who has turned out hit after hit for Kinograph. Peppy first crosses George's path at his film premiere. They film a brief dance sequence, and fall into a natural rhythm. But the day must finally end, sending the matinee idol and the eager hopeful back to their respective places on the Hollywood ladder.
Comedy Romantic Drama - This is a period French drama done in the style of old black and white
silent films, so there is no French spoken, just English intertitles.
The recognizable American faces have small parts and the leads are
played by French actors. There is no real objectionable content,
making it safe for kids, but they will likely not be interested.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Good Not only is The Artist an affectionate callback to the early days of cinema, it's a recreation of the melodramas of the time, with just a hint of a spoof around the edges.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent Here is one of the most entertaining films in many a moon, a film that charms because of its story, its performances and because of the sly way it plays with being silent and black and white.
Washington PostFull Review Excellent A delectable homage to the silent movies of the 1920s, Michel Hazanavicius's romantic comedy plays like a sweet, airy confection, satisfying the audience's sweet tooth with gentle wit, a lavish production and winning performances.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 39 moviegoers:
TEENS:Only one and they rated it an average movie.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Only three reviews but they all loved "The Artist."
ADULTS:Approximately two-thirds of the males and females loved "The Artist." Most of the remaining males indicated they enjoyed it very much, rating it above average. Unfortunately, some of the remaining females were a bit disappointed, only rating it as average or below average. Still, for this unusual, black and white, silent movie, these are great reviews.
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 a
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 Béjo), 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.