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 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…
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…
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.…
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.
An inverse-“Singin’ in the Rain”, i.e. not a musical about the transition from silent movies to sound, but a silent movie. While gently poking fun at silent movies, “The Artist” never becomes a parody. On the contrary, the movie makes great and clever use of the format. Otherwise, its style and content – a relatively simple romantic drama - are classic and appropriate for films of the period, done very well, I should add. So why is this not a masterpiece? Well, “Singin’ in the Rain” is just a little bit cleverer and there needs to be a differentiation. Very good.
Never before has Public Enemy's "Don't Believe the Hype" been more appropriate for a film. First of all I totally get what they're trying to do here and I'm all for it, it's just that I wish their efforts were put to better use in a better tribute film. The story is the biggest issue I have with this film that isn't very funny and feels like it drags on forever in its bloated run time. This seriously feels like it should have been way shorter by at least 20-30 minutes. I also couldn't find a reason to care at all for any of the characters either besides John Goodman's but that's only because I have a bias towards him.…
Distribuito nel 2011, riporta sul grande schermo il cinema muto in bianco e nero con due formidabili interpreti protagonisti che riescono a creare empatia con lo spettatore senza mai dire una parola.
Is it possible to forget that "The Artist" is a silent film in black and white, and simply focus on it as a movie? No? That's what people seem to zero in on. They cannot imagine themselves seeing such a thing. At a sneak preview screening here, a few audience members actually walked out, saying they didn't like silent films. I was reminded of the time a reader called me to ask about an Ingmar Bergman film. "I think it's the best film of the year," I said. "Oh," she said, "that doesn't sound like anything we'd like to see."
Here is one of the most entertaining films in many a moon, a film that charms because of its story,…
The silent film form is admired and duplicated in Michel Hazanavicius’s The Artist, a combination of homage to and out-and-out replication of early, pre-sound American cinema. Beginning in 1927 Hollywood, the film follows the tumultuous career of George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), a highly popular silent movie star in the vein of Rudolph Valentino (that the names are so similar is a testament to Hazanavicius’s lack of subtlety). Opening with one of Valentin’s flicks showing to a packed house, switching between the audience and the movie-within-a-movie, Hazanavicius immediately foreground his meta concerns, making very sure that were are watching a film about film. Further, Valentin’s intertitled dialogue in the scene shown – “you’ll never make me talk!” – is terribly on-the-nose,…
The director and star of the OSS films are back with a tribute to the silent film era. I'm not an aficionado, the only silent films I've seen are "An Andalusian Dog" and "Nosferatu". If you like romance and tap dancing this is your movie.
The Artist is a silent film that examines the heroic life and extreme loyalty of a plucky and lovable dog named Jack. He's a movie star, and lifesaver and downright adorable.
Jack is saddled with George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), a silent film star who hits the skids when the talkies come into vogue. All the while, it's Jack who stays loyal, Jack who saves George's life and Jack who gives emotional heft to this Academy Award Best Picture winner.
Even when Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) shows up by bumping into George outside a movie premier, Jack is on hand. Bejo pulls off the flapper look and rising star charisma perfectly, and Dujardin is excellent as the fading, failing former star,…
Simplemente bella. Una regresión al cine mudo en una época del cine en donde confluye prácticamente los escenarios por ordenador. Muy buena banda sonora y con unos personajes que sabían perfectamente lo que hacían. Un 10.
- 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!
- Behind the Candelabra
- Inside Llewyn Davis
With Cannes 2014 only six weeks away , I thought I'd put together a list. I didn't realise how ridiculously…