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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…
I liked the movie, but Best Picture...? Seriously!?
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 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…
"You make your talking movie, I'll make a great movie."
So can an old fashioned, black and white, silent movie be created today and not come off as a gimmick or simply an ode to films long past? For The Artist, the answer is a unequivocal yes.
When I heard of this movie a few years ago I didn't pay it any mind. A black and white movie in 2011 just seemed like a gimmick. I was also off put by how pretentious the film seemed with all of its various awards. Best Actor? Best Director? Best Picture of the year? It looked to me that all of the silent film enthusiasts were just looking through rose colored glasses. I…
I had really low expectations for this film but I have to say I was really won over and it was a lovely surprise.
This film can simply be summed up as a love letter to silent cinema and of course that is why the film works. Hollywood has come a long way since the silent era and through sound stories have become more complex. However Hazanavicius understands what works with silent films and creates a simple love story with over the top characters which allows the film to flourish. All the actors are very physical and Dujardin steals the show as George Valentin. The film also delivers some brilliant comic moments. As well as being a simple love story it manages to magically capture this dramatic change n cinema and accurately present the effects of this change to sound through these characters.
A simple story which I enjoyed but I doubt I will ever love.
I refuse to believe this movie was filmed at any point after 1950.
In the same vein as Avatar before it, The Artist minus its gimmick is a fairly vapid endeavour. It does have some charm, however.
Dad: He really looks like Gene Kelly.
Me: Well, this is kind of a Singin' In the Rain rip-off for the first 30 minutes.
Very charming, and quite moving in parts. But I feel like I have a bit of an emotional disconnect with the silent movie aspect.
A film which charmfully plays with silent cinema, not so much recreating it as playing into what the modern consciousness of silent film or selectively employing its traits to underline a story. Certainly the camera angles, certain camera movements and detail are very unlike your typical silent film. Seeing the old come together with the new like this is great fun for any cinephile.
Second viewing, first since the Oscar win. Watched for a class, otherwise I would've walked out. I find the whole film more of a cutesy half-hearted stunt than an actual exploration of the medium, ironically for a silent film titled "the artist" being a reactionary, aggressively miscalculated, silent-film grammar free picture whose heart is skin-deep, intellect is non-existent, and cynicism is as ambiguous as it is horrifying. There is nothing about this film that I find any sort of value in. I don't see it as valuble when it comes to film form, film history, or personal connection, empathy, etc. It's just, it's useless.
I mean, it's not technically the worst film ever, but when a film can be called "nothing," isn't that truly more soul-chilling than mere badness?
Wow. Wow. Wow.
A beautiful throwback to the beginnings of film. This movie transports us back to the origins of film and gives us, the viewer, a rare chance to appreciate this early art form.
Jean Dujardin totally deserved the Oscar, but, for me, the unsung hero of this film is Bérénice Bejo. She was nominated, yes, but she stole the entire movie for me. Every shot of her eyes, we are given complete access into her VAST pool of emotion. She was remarkable.
Also, this movie was another film in the year of John Goodman. That dude was in 3 oscar nominated films that year. Way to go, man!
The Artist was very enjoyable film- the whole style and feel of the movie was incredible, and definitely reminded me of old-school cinema. My only complaint is that the plot was a little too straightforward for my tastes.
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