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.
I just watched this with my mum, twice. She rarely sits through an entire film without falling asleep, let alone the same film twice in a row. You can decide for yourself what that says about it.
I watched due to the Oscar and I have to say the idea is cooler than advertised. It not just a silent movie like I thought its a silent movie about the rise of talking movies which is pretty different. The story was ok but the performances were excellent. I didn't love it but its a good movie.
I'd watch an entire film about Uggy the dog.
It's good but the novelty wears off and what's left over is nothing special. The trailer was far more effective than the actual film. It must be said though that this had absolutely no business winning Best Picture. Particularly in a year with multiple nominees that simply blow it away.
I hadn't seen The Artist in a while basically since it came out almost three years ago. I remember everybody was talking about how, good it was, that it was brilliant, that it was a remarkable movie. Then the movie won Best Picture and like it happened with Crash and Argo and several others Best Picture winners the movie started to receive a lot of hate. Well i remember liking the movie when i first saw it, but my memory of the movie was a bit faded and i need the re-watch to see if this is or isn't a picture worthy of the prize.
The Artist is Written/Directed by Michel Hazanavicius and it stars Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John…
To reject a film on the basis that it is black and white is a callous and presumptuous even in a climate where the vast majority of films are in colour. It is a stylistic choice which has been vindicated scene by scene (Memento, American History X) as well as for all or most of a film (Schindler's List, Sin City, La Haine), and so its relevance to The Artist is easy enough to swallow. Its silence is another story. A silent black and white film in the days of visually chaotic blockbusters could be a difficult sell, but Hazavanicius imbues his film with a charisma carried powerfully by his lead actors and allows his love letter to silent…
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