All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
A Breath Of Fresh Vintage Air
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…
I recently watched the marvelous film, The Artist. I was totally enchanted by the concept and the setting, having a deep affection for silent films and the art of coherent story telling using very little words. The movie has a seemingly simple plot: that of a well known movie star (equivalent to Douglas Fairbanks), George Valentin, who is soon to be replaced by the advent of talking pictures. He meets a pretty young woman named Peppy Miller, who wants to be an actress. He gives her some advice, including drawing a beauty mark on her face; setting into motion her career and the downfall of his own. He struggles with his identity, failing to see that his gifts as an…
"The Artist" is an exercise in nostalgia that works far better than it logically should. The plot is rather generic: our hero, George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) starts off as the king of the world (silent cinema, in this instance), gradually loses it (silent cinema gets replaced by "talkies"), and gets rescued by the power of love. It's regular rom-com stuff, but it's so packed full of positivity and love that it's difficult not to like very much.
Special mention has to go to the music here. Silent films rely on it more than others as there is no dialogue or background noise to cover it up. So it has to be good. Ludovic Bource's original score is utterly brilliant; it…
What a beautiful film. I am a big sucker for a well done silent film, especially one that leaves me as breathless as this. Definitely has to be my favourite.
Wonderful, hilarious, sad, tragic, joyful. Shot right into my Top 10 fave movies ever, I loved everthing about it.
Charming or insufferably cute? A film about the end of the silent film era filmed silently. But what is the purpose? An investigation of the audio-visual nature of cinema? An investigation of the historical importance of a major transition in the most important entertainment form of its time? Not really, so what is the point of this loving pastiche of silent cinema? But that’s the point, to make a loving pastiche of silent cinema. Its charm is based on two assumptions shared by film and audience. First, that silent cinema is essentially naïve: a simple form that can only express simple emotions. It is charming because it is simple. Second: the past is essentially simpler than today: people were more…
The Artist is not so much an homage to silent film as it is a fairly standard romantic comedy/redemption story—unfortunately, a none too interesting one that frustratingly elongates itself. But, the quite good soundtrack and some neat little details (his dog, man) propel things along just enough to get to a very sweet ending.
A wonderful homage to the early talkies period. The fashion, acting style, make-up, even the goddamn fonts all seem authentic to the period and give the film a nice legitimacy and authenticity. Above all, the film is about a man trying to find himself and stay relevant in an increasingly changing world. He can still contribute to this world if he wants to and has to "find his voice" if he wants to move on. Plus there's a tender love story and really well done melancholic scenes in the second half that make the film more than just a fluff piece.
Uggie the Dog has to be one of the cutest dogs ever in cinema, I fucking loved him.
The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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