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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!?
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 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…
In the past couple of years we have had a number of films look back to fertile periods of cinema’s history; from Scorsese’s love letter to the pioneering greats in Hugo to the Spielbergian fan-fiction of Abrams’, Super 8. Whilst both were undoubtedly affectionate towards those movies that inspired them the end results were rather lifeless and never quite recaptured the true brilliance of the film’s that initially influenced them. Despite the plethora of awards I was fully expecting The Artist to be another handsomely made but hollow facsimile of past greats, but on this occasion it pleases me to be very wrong indeed.
The Artist ended up being not only a loving homage to the silent era of Hollywood…
the straight people nearly made me cry. the dog did make me cry
scavenger hunt 18 - film 12/30
task 18. a silent drama
honestly - what an excellent film?
beautiful performances! i'm so glad there's no romance!
like it was funny and also gripping and also really spooky at one point? like me and my friend at one stage just stopped chatting for the rest of the film and were staring so intently like what an experience.
anyways it was truly spectacular.
Pretty fucking charming but honestly this film never really stays with me after it ends. Very slight
A good plot, though the ending was not very conclusive. It was a good homage to the silent film era. Rather unremarkable in my opinion.
perused this motion picture for Smiler Grogan's Scavenger Hunt
task 18/30: a silent drama
when i used to get cast in plays as a kid and my dad asked me how many lines i had, i wish i could have replied that jean dujardin had one line in this and still won an oscar
dujardin, with a smile wider than michael fassbender at his sharkiest, carries us on the journey from charming asshole movie star through all his ups and downs
the relationship between him and peppy (GREAT name) is satisfying and enthralling and never cops out
plays with the genre excellently
it's sweet, and sad, and scary. what an ending!
Much better than expected. It captures many things from the way old movies were performed and the simple story for a silent black and white film helps a lot. Nicely done.
a lot better than i was expecting it to be. definitely a little difficult to sit through a black & white, silent film in this day and age, but it was worth it.
-ai qeni eshte gjithcka
-muzika! (qe me kujtoi pak Chinatown te Polanskit)
-skena e vajzes me makine me kujtoi Psycho te Hitchcock.
-'Artisti' me ngjau me Michael Fassbender ne nje pike te filmit.
-si nuk u puthen njehere.
Film #6 of Smiler Grogan's Scavenger Hunt
Task 6/30: A Best Picture Oscar-winning Film
Watching a silent movie in an era where they've been gone for decades is an odd experience. I've admittedly only seen two silent films before this one, but the difference is hard to miss. In The Artist, the actors are clearly trying - you can see them going over the top and making outrageous expressions. While in silent films of the olden days it comes off more natural, like it belongs. Or maybe that's just me reading into it? Who knows.
But over all, this film is really good. I found myself incredibly involved with our main character George Valentin, as well as the relationship…
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