All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. An easy way of seeing how…
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.
I liked the movie, but Best Picture...? Seriously!?
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 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…
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.
On some level I'm aware that I shouldn't like this film as much as I do. The Artist isn't groundbreaking or even a proper tribute to the silent era so much as it is a rehashing of several popular classic Hollywood films. Hell, they even talk far too much for it to be a proper silent film.
But boy, Jean Dujardin's performance never fails to put a smile on my face. His body language reminds me of greats like Chaplin and Keaton, in that he shares the complete ease and lack of self-consciousness that made them so beloved and successful as masters of physical comedy. Plus he's just incredibly charming.
I had a great time watching The Artist. I don't reckon I require any more of a film when it leaves me feeling exhilarated, fulfilled, and giddy with delight by the end.
I liked the movie, but Best Picture...? Seriously!?
The Artist felt like Hugo to me. Trying to give you a massive sense of nostalgia and wonder about cinema. While I still liked this, Hugo did it far better.
Blu-ray picture 8/10
UCI Arrábida 20
I have little to no experience with silence films - something I have been trying to make up this month and I had to check out The Artist, which I remember being extremely talked about back in 2011. But was it talked about because it was good, or because it was a black and white silent film made in the 21st century? My guesses are, the second option is the one that aplies best. Not because it is a bad film, simply because it doesn't feel to me as deserve of the praise.
It is a story about George Valentin, silent film actor whose career is higly sucessful until the worth of silent films starts washing away because of films…
Does capture the feel of the silent movies and good performances. Also nice to see something different in this day and age. That being said I couldn't really get my head around the ending. Just felt a little forced.
I know I've been absent for a bit now, but I am back and ready to review 'The Artist'. Let me preface this review by saying I just don't like old movies that much. Yes, I have respect for the innovation of the time, but when we are HONESTLY looking at the overall quality of old movies, the acting was much worse and plots were nowhere near as good. That is just my simple and honest opinion. That being said, I did not have high hopes for 'The Artist'. Yes it won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Actor. Yes it had a 98% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes...but still, black and white and silent films are just not my…
The intro very nearly won me over. We start off watching some kind of silent action thriller. The protagonist is being tortured for information by a machine with cheesy looking electrical effects. He then makes a daring escape. It was looking like the most exciting silent movie ever. From this moment on there would be no action sequences involving daring escapes. This is the fairly depressing tale about a silent movie star who is sidelined when talkies are introduced, but seemingly mainly because he is too proud to accept work.
The Artist is very cleverly and creatively put together and there are some wonderful moments. Particularly impressive is the dancing. The very physical acting involved is done very well and…
I adore this. Initially, my first impression of the opening scene was that it was boring and a little too dry for my taste. But bit by bit, this film and how meta it is interested me enough to continue watching. I admire how the film posters in the background during certain scenes resonate with the emotions of the characters. It's simply beautiful in its symbolism. You really want to observe closely. I loved the scene when he poured his drink on the glass tabletop. It's so beautiful, I don't know why. This film has such wonderful and eloquent commentary on the silent film era.
One more thing about it is that I could never imagine this film in color.…
Wo andere Filme Millionen-schweres Budget für teure Leinwand-füllende Spezialeffekte ausgeben, gehen es einige andere Filme wesentlich minimalistischer aber mit einer nicht minder so gewaltigen Wirkung an. The Artist fällt in die zweite Kategorie und macht in Zeiten des Hollywood Blockbuster-Kinos etwas ganz ungewöhnliches: es gewinnt die Herzen seiner Zuschauer, indem es einen Stummfilm aus den 20er Jahren imitiert. Rückbesinnung aufs Alte heißt also die Devise und so wird nicht nur alles im 4:3 Schwarz-Weiß-Format gezeigt, es werden auch statt des hörbaren Dialogs die typischen Textkarten eingeblendet und die einzigen Töne, die man erklingen hört, kommen vom durchgängig auskomponierten und begleitenden Orchester im Hintergrund.
Die Entwicklung vom Stumm- zum Tonfilm ist als geschichtlicher Stoff sicherlich nicht neu und wurde bereits in…
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language
- The Homesman
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…