Posted in French film

L’ ARTIST(2011)

A film by Michel Hazanavicius.

Cast: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman

Outside a movie premiere, enthusiastic fan Peppy Miller literally bumps into the hero of the silent film, George Valentin. The star reacts graciously and Peppy plants a kiss on his cheek as they are surrounded by photographers. The headlines demand: “Who’s That Girl?” and Peppy is inspired to audition for a dancing bit-part at the studio. However as Peppy slowly rises through the industry, the introduction of talking-pictures turns Valentin’s world upside-down. Here is a terrific movie doing a homage to silent movie and it is impossible to forget. this film. I remember a friend of mine saying that a few people walk out of the theater because they thought it was not a silent film and they did not like silent film and it is the most entertaining film Of all time and the best film of 2011.
“The Artist” knows you’re aware it’s silent and kids you about it. Not that it’s entirely silent, of course; like all silent films were, it’s accompanied by music. One of its inspirations was probably “Singin’ in the Rain,” a classic about a silent actress whose squeaky voice didn’t work in talkies and about the perky little unknown actress who made it big because hers did. the heroine (Debbie Reynolds) fell in love with an silent star. but a nice one, you know? Played by Gene Kelly in 1952 and by Jean Dujardin now, he has one of those dazzling smiles you suspect dazzles no one more than himself. Jean Dujardin Became the first French actor to win the Best Actor in a Leading Role Academy Award for his performance in The Artist (2011) on February 26, 2012 and has such a command of comic timing and body language that he might have been — well, a silent star. As Norma Desmond, the proud silent star in “Sunset Boulevard,” hisses: “We didn’t need dialogue. We had faces!”
As was often the case in those days, the cast of “The Artist” includes actors with many different native tongues, because what difference did it make? John Goodman makes a bombastic studio head, and such familiar faces as James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Missi Pyle and Ed Lauter turn up. I love blac an white movies It give them style and it is more concern with essence than details. It has depth to it and attitude.
A must see as zoo as possible.

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