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Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break.
Winner of 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture, The Artist is an awe-inspiring ode to the silent era of cinema and is filmed with such fine elegance & precision artistry that it was too difficult for me to wipe the grin off my face while watching it. An enthralling work of indelible charm, every frame of this silent feature pays its tribute in the most respectful manner possible but also succeeds in carving out its very own identity in the process.
Set in Hollywood during the years when talkies were being introduced into cinema, The Artist focuses on the relationship between a major silent film star & an aspiring young actress who bump into each other during the premiere of the former's…
Boy, was I disappointed.
I was looking forward to this film, of course fuelled by the hype surrounding it, the Oscar nominations it got and the prizes it had already won. For me it was merely a gimmicky, thinly stretched exercise in style.
Now don't get me wrong, I really appreciate what they were trying to do here. Anyone who wants to make an ode to cinema has got my vote and I applaud them for that. I just feel by wrapping it all in a flimsy, incredibly shallow plot they caused me to lose interest.
Dujardin's performance has been praised a lot, but I found him to be very one-dimensional. Sure he has got incredible charm and an unmistakable…
I liked the movie, but Best Picture...? Seriously!?
It looks great. It - perhaps ironically - sounds great. The acting is fine, particularly from Jean Dujardin and Uggie the dog. But while the novelty of a modern silent film is fun (with all due respect to Mel Brooks SILENT MOVIE), it feels more like a stylistic exercise or a short film stretched to feature length rather than a complete work. It's so slight and breezy, and instantly forgettable.
I was grinning like an idiot the entire time I was watching this film. Hard to pinpoint what exactly makes it so effortlessly endearing – I mean, there are many things – the slapstick is great, the music's lovely, the dog is adorable, the whole movie is just an energetic whirlwind of visual witticisms and delightful touches. But I think the real goodness comes from how confidently it flirts with the boundary between authenticity and kitsch... every scene is so well-rendered in the language of camp and irony that it makes the moments of cold, stark drama all the more horrific and powerful.
There is so much meta-commentary here on the magic of film – the way we surrender ourselves…
In the past couple of years we have had a number of films look back to fertile periods of cinema’s history; from Scorsese’s love letter to the pioneering greats in Hugo to the Spielbergian fan-fiction of Abrams’, Super 8. Whilst both were undoubtedly affectionate towards those movies that inspired them the end results were rather lifeless and never quite recaptured the true brilliance of the film’s that initially influenced them. Despite the plethora of awards I was fully expecting The Artist to be another handsomely made but hollow facsimile of past greats, but on this occasion it pleases me to be very wrong indeed.
The Artist ended up being not only a loving homage to the silent era of Hollywood…
First film we watched in my film class this year and i was surprised how drawn in and emotionally invested I was. Definitely deserved the oscar
Η πιο μαγική στιγμή στο «The Artist» είναι στην έναρξη, όταν η εικόνα στο πανί σβήνει, η μουσική σωπαίνει σιγά-σιγά και αυτό που μένει είναι αυτός ο, άγνωστος στο ευρύ κοινό, ηθοποιός να στέκεται καθώς ο θόρυβος του προβολέα ακούγεται στο παρασκήνιο. Είναι μια ονειρεμένη στιγμή, ύμνος στον κινηματογράφο.
Ως επί το πλείστον, σε μια σιωπηλή και μαυρόασπρη ταινία είναι δύσκολο να εξηγήσουμε τι είναι αυτό το τόσο εξαιρετικό στην πλοκή της που σε συναρπάζει, ενώ είναι περισσότερο το ύφος της ταινίας, που δικαιολογεί την υψηλή βαθμολογία. Η ταινία ιδιοποιείται όμορφα το λεξιλόγιο της σιωπηλής εποχής. Οι οπτικές ενδείξεις του φωτός και οι σκοτεινές σκιές είναι πολύ σημαντικές εδώ, διότι δεν υπάρχει ήχος να ενημερώσει την αφήγηση. Όταν ένα πλήθος…
The best of films always leave you with a strong feeling by the end. Sadness. Joy. Grief. Sorrow. Happiness. Delight. The regular viewer of movies would be hard-pressed to recall a specific line from a specific film they watched a week ago (unless asked to quote a Tarantino film), but they would damn well be able to tell you how it made them feel, and the things it made them think.
The power of silent film is that it is capable of instilling within the viewer such emotions without dialogue or visual effects, etc that make up bulk of modern cinema. Everything rests in the hands of the actors and their ability to convey emotions with faces and their physicality.…
Yeah good film, not really my taste but it's hard to hate the subject matter or setting.
1. I really like the idea of The Artist and what it was trying to do. Creating a silent film in the era of high-definition, action-packed and sound-filled movies, which is ironic about one man's struggles as a silent film actor during the nation's transition into movies with audible dialogue.
2. The acting is quite good. Obviously in a silent film, much of the emotion, intention, and feeling needs to be evoked with facial expressions and mime; I think the two leads did a fine job of this, and of course, my man John Goodman was solid as always.
3. My main issue with this movie is that while it tries to replicate the styles-of-old, it doesn't…
Every time I watch this movie I notice subtle things that I haven't noticed before. After searching for a deeper meaning in the movie, I have come to this conclusion today while watching it.
This could just be a simple black and white movie about a former, washed up silent film star. It totally can be just that, with no other layer of depth intended. But it can also be about how arrogance and unwillingness to change can end up isolating you. The world is going to change whether you want it to or not. You can either wallow in self-pity alone--isolating both yourself and the people you love; or you can embrace the changes and continue moving forward through…
Charming in its own way but will likely be remembered as one of the lesser best picture winners. To me, that The Artist picked up the prize is symptomatic of Hollywood's love of films about film-making (see also Birdman) rather than it being a true modern classic.
Sidenote - just realised that the female lead, Berenice Bejo is the maid from A Knight's Tale. A Knight's Tale is the more enjoyable movie.
Selle edu on hea näide, et hea lugu hästi jutustatud töötab endiselt, mistahes vormi see ka valatud poleks. Kui see poleks nii hästi teostatud, siis võiks ehk küüniliselt väita, et tegu on mingi filmiinimestele suunatud retro trikiga. Pigem on tegu austusavaldusega filmikunsti möödanikule, mille väärtustatus on küll ehk aja jooksul tuhmunud, kuid mitte selle väärtus.
Please be silent behind the screen
A film about the establishment not wanting to change and watches as the world flys by them and become irrelevant. Watching the character George Valentine, start at the top of his career then spiral out of control as he loses everything even his fame was a psychological thrill.
The director pulled off the feel of a silent film from the 20's. The only thing that ruined the illusion of it being a period film was the modern actors like John Goodman. Giving the subject matter, I feel that it was a great choice that they went with silent film, it made it more authentic. For a dream sequence, they added sound which was clever for it why he was afraid…
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…