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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!?
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.
It's interesting, because while this works as a movie, it doesn't work so much as a silent movie. I think it's because silent movies had actors who were trained to work in silent, whereas this movie has actors who are used to "talkies" branching out into silent acting. Same goes for the director. It also isn't really shot or written like a silent film. It just kind of lacks the inherent charm that movies from the period had. However, I thought the movie worked pretty well as a poignant love story of sorts. In fact, I felt this movie had a lot more to do with Toy Story than Singin' in the Rain (self-destructive main character worries about outliving his…
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A very easy and entertaining watch despite being silent. Blending old techniques and new, this is quite the reminiscent piece. Though there's debate over whether it was "Oscar worthy" or not, I quite enjoyed the film. I find to be the Oscars an overrated experience, and personally don't really care what they think is good enough to merit some stuffy award. Jean Dujardin was an absolute joy to watch, capturing every scene with his outstanding performance as George Valentin. Overall a very nice homage to the beginnings of film.
Well, I finally got around to The Artist. I'd seen director Michel Hazanavicius and star Jean Dujardin's previous OSS 117 spy spoofs, and while I didn't love them, I found them remarkably accurate evocations of vintage filmmaking (especially the first one, Cairo, Nest of Spies). The Artist succeeds by taking that impeccable knack for imitation several steps further, mostly foregoing the winks and nudges to tell a guileless, sentimental story. Silent screen star George Valentin (Dujardin) meets ingenue Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) just as her career starts to ascend and his starts to plummet, all thanks to the innovation of talkies. The movie follows both actors over the next several years while their paths keep crossing, as George's wounded pride…
parece um gritty remake de singing in the rain, com jean dujardin e o baxter. adorei
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Though it is quite a bit easier to direct a film that is explicitly trying to imitate the silent-era, I give the director of The Artist a big thumbs up. He did have a couple scenes that blatantly rehashed other classics (namely the scene between Valentin and his wife at the table, taken from Citizen Kane) but he is very consistent, with infrequent but effective tracking shots, a couple brilliant pans, and a firm handle on when to throw that pattern out the window in key scenes.
The Artist's director clearly loves american classic cinema, but to another who loves american classic cinema, it feels sort of like what Gus Van Sant did to Psycho.
I really liked the movie, on how it was silent the entire time and he spoke on the end.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Not many films nowadays are mostly in black and white and silent. This is a very unorthodox film approach in the 21st century. It worked perfectly. It beautifully conveyed the feeling of the silent film era transitioning into the talkies era. This film contained a few distinct messages. The first one being how hard it is for some people to change and how easy it is for those people to be left behind. The second message being about accepting help in times of need and not being too proud. The main character, George Valentin, was a famous silent character who could not make the transition to talking films. He faced many struggles but he still would not accept help from…
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