The Artist

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George Valentin (think Clark Gable) is a megastar of silent films when he meets wannabe starlet Peppy Miller on the set of his latest action caper. There’s a spark between them but George is already married, albeit to a woman who’s as cheery as a hooked trout. They go their separate ways: Peppy to stardom with the arrival of the talkies, George to obscurity, poverty and divorce as he fails to adapt.

This is a (99%) silent film, in black and white. It’s well done, but only really of interest to people who’ve never seen silent films – or previous versions of this same plot – before. You can convey a lot of information through setting and body language, but nothing too subtle. That’s why they don’t make silent films anymore – or at least, not since Mel Brooks’ silly but more entertaining Silent Movie (1976). 7/10

Released February 2, 2012.

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2 thoughts on “The Artist

  1. This was a very well-made film and had its moments where it captures the whole spirit and essence of the silent film era but it’s not that life-changing experience that everybody says it is. Still, a good flick though and I do think it does still deserve the Best Picture Oscar just because I don’t think The Descendants would be a very good winner that will last for the ages. Good review.

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