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.
I think it was 2007 when, while bus traveling between two States, I imagined what I thought would be impossible for as long as I lived. What if a silent film was done today? Think about the reactions of all the people that either cherished or remembered that era (if still alive). Think about the reactions that people unfamiliar with silent cinema would have: disbelief, angst, disappointment? What would it mean for the film industry? Would such a project be triumphant today? To what extent would the film be capable of encouraging masses to explore silent films? Those questions floated in my mind, but only one thing was certain: I'd definitely pay to see it with a lot of excitement.…
The Artist is a film made by people who truly love cinema for people who also do. If I hadn't been aware that it was made in 2011, and if it weren't for some well-known actors who starred in it, I would have sworn I was watching a silent movie from the early '30s. It was so masterfully done and it was made paying so much attention to details that it could have easily been made in those days.
The Artist is a tragicomedy combined with some melodrama. Set in late 1920s Hollywood, it tells a story that revolves around a silent film star who witnesses the rise of sound films and sees how his career falls apart. Jean Dujardin's…
At the dawn of the 1930’s, sound came into the world of film. All the stars who were so iconic for their roles in the silent film era, from Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin to Greta Garbo and Douglas Fairbanks suddenly found their careers in jeopardy. While it was a monumental accomplishment in film history, the transition from silence to sound was not an easy one for the actors and filmmakers who were just starting to excel in the medium of film.
This time period, and this struggle in particular are the basis of Michael Hazanavicius’ Best Picture winner, The Artist. When it was released in 2011 (nearly a full century after Al Jolson broke the sound barrier in The…
George Valentin has it all, looks, stardom, adoring fans and an a faithful dog! Valentin is the star of the silent silver screen and has a string of Hollywood hits behind him. The gravity of his situation is not lost on him and he milks every opportunity to lap up the praise thrown at him by all of his minions, crew and public alike, he seems untouchable.
After the screening of his latest film, he is posing for photographs outside the cinema and is accidentally bumped in to by aspiring young dancer, Peppy Miller. At first Valentin is put out by the incident, but then realises the opportunity to show a caring side and poses with the nobody to ingratiate…
It's the cutest dog in the world, also the movie is pretty cool too I guess.
This French silent film about a silent film star is charming and hilarious for the first half of its runtime. It's less successful when it tries to move from comedy to drama, but it's still an achievement to make a silent movie that captivates modern audiences the way this one does. It's emotionally slight, but a fun couple of hours in the cinema.
One of the worst Best Picture winners of my lifetime: a boring love story oblivious to its few interesting qualities (He's a shameless narcissist whose convictions are only rooted in self-preservation! She's a potentially dangerous stalker who may or may not want to wear his skin as a suit!) and an ignorant attempted homage that is more fetishism than embodiment. Real talk: I'm no silent-era purist by any criteria, but a talky melodrama that replaces audio recording with subtitles is not a silent film.
Visually striking self-congratulatory faff.
And could they chosen a more emotionally manipulative device than that adorable dog? De Sica is rolling over in his grave.
- 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!
- The Captive
- 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.…