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.
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 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.…
A love letter to Hollywood, they say. It's just that. For some reason, it's not as exciting as it was when I first saw it. The whole thing now looks like feather blowing in the wind: gracefully, elegant and beautiful but lacking in weight. It's not terrible but seems empty in certain places. Technically, it's wonderfully. I mean, the music (for example) is perfect for the movie and reflects the time period and everything but there's nothing particularly special about the story, or perhaps it could have been better executed? Anyways, I'm not going to tell anyone not to watch this Best Picture (Over The Descendants?). I really enjoyed it the first time but not so much the second time...
Watched this on Netflix tonight and really enjoyed it. After about 15 minutes you don't even notice it's a silent film. Has funny, happy, sad moments and shows plenty of respect to films that have come before it. This was really something special in today's film experience. It was daring and it paid off huge dividends.
The attempt of going against the current seems to be successful.
Too romantic and too "politically correct" to be consider more than a good and enjoyable movie with an ending that , to me , doesn't seem to have any meaning.
Verisimilitude, but incredibly well done verisimilitude.
Especial y maravillosa. Una película encantadora que se disfruta intacta una y otra vez. Qué maravillosa historia de amor entre George Valentin y Peppy Miller! Qué banda sonora! Qué bellamente rodada está! Qué preciosidad. Un placer verla de nuevo.
The Mark Kermode Oscars Diet has been an interesting experience, if only because it changed my perspective on the last film in the marathon.
The Artist wowed me when I watched it in the cinema. A pastiche of the silent movie era, the film presents motifs that were put to bed when The Jazz Singer came along. The characters overly accentuate their gestures and emotions, while residing in a black and white world in which circle-wipe transitions and humanistic animal sidekicks still exist. Director Michel Hazanavicius resists the urges of modern cinema (shooting in digital format aside) – showing George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) becoming a relic as the ‘talkies’ take off through flat but detailed cinematography, long-running shots, and montages…
I think actor Jean Dujardin should wear a sandwich board reading, "I have more charisma than any s.o.b. in the room." I hope the little doggies from "The Arist" and "Beginners" are still buds.
... I don't get all the talk about this film. I thought it was lacking...
- 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!
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
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