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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!?
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…
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.
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The Artist: A Critique
This movie is a love letter to the Cinema. Everything from the Citizen Kane-esqe cinematography, to the addition of the Bernard Herrmann's "Scène d'amour" in Vertigo. This film is quite the collage of cinema history. The story itself feels like a revamping of Singin' in the Rain; and Jean Dujardin's character even resembles old Hollywood Actor Gene Kelly (from Singin' in the Rain); as well as having the characters pull of a Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers relationship. Not only was this film a nod to older films, but also presents a message about the evolution of Film.
The film hints at the fact that the film itself is silent. There are several ways they did it;…
Storytelling at it's finest. The true meaning of visual storytelling.
super besetzt/gespielt, liebevoll und charmant inszeniert - eine hommage an die stummfilm-ära und ein echtes gustostückerl für filmliebhaber.
I love the visual aspect of this film. I adore the acting. But I just thought the idea and plot were too pointless and the story was too slow. Highly overrated film.
If you had placed an early bet on a silent black and white film winning 5 Oscars, including Best Film, Director and Male actor in 2012, your odds would have been favourable indeed.
George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a black and white silent film mega-star, drawing easy parallels with real life Rudolph Valentino and Douglas Fairbanks. Looked after by his faithful chauffeur Clifton (James Cromwell), constant canine companion "Uggie" and paternalistic archetypal cigar chomping, braces wearing, Studio Boss Al Zimmer (John Goodman) .
Times are good, despite his chilly marriage to long suffering Doris (Penelope Ann Miller). Audiences idolise their star and nothing needs to change but unknown to George, "times are a changing", whether he likes them or not.…
The first fully black and white film to win best picture since The Apartment (Schindler's List, although b/w, had color with the girl in red and the beginning and end scenes), The Artist is a well made piece of filmmaking. However, I did see some parallels to another film.
Singin' in the Rain's concept is about an actor having doubts about the silent film era, and proceeding to adjust to the Talkies and accept the silent film era's demise and it's brilliant. Singin' in the Rain is amazing. The Artist takes this formula and makes the leading man a washed up actor who, in the end realizes his mistakes and tries to amend them.
Now, let's talk about the score,…
How might a French movie win the Oscar for best film? By being silent of course. This is a nice film - tres charmant - and it is very well made. But if you put it against some of the films released in 1927 when this film begins (say The General, Sunrise, Napolean, Man With a Movie Camera) then it pales a bit. Not likely to win an Oscar in that company I'd say.
I like the twist at the end, but a Swedish accent didn't prevent Greta Garbo from making a switch from silent to sound (although admittedly this took quite a lot of soul searching). Be good to put together a triple bill of films about the relationship between silent and sound cinema, featuring this, Sunset Blvd, and Singin' in the Rain.
Enjoyed it. How refreshing to see a modern silent b&w film. And the pooch, Ughh, was excellent, too.
Yea a very good tribute to cinema which really just does what other tributes to cinema have already done only years later. (Sunset Blvd), (Singing In The Rain). Taking us back to the silent era is a cool idea but it's better then no actual feature length film from the silent era I've seen which is understandable. It's fun and feel good even with some melancholic aspect but overall isn't great and is about the very definition of typical Oscar over-hype.
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