France 100m, B&W Silent
Director: Michel Hazanavicius; Cast: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Missi Pyle, Penelope Ann Miller, Malcolm McDowell, Bitsie Tulloch
The Artist is a clever and entertaining silent film about the end of the silent film era. While other films, such as Sunset Boulevard (1950) and Singin’ In the Rain (1952) have effectively employed this story, The Artist is the only one which does so without dialogue. As homage silent and early sound film, The Artist effortlessly borrows from the best of both eras, and should be a delight for film aficionados who will re-watch the film to spot all of the many references to early cinema. With this film’s critical and box office success, it will hopefully shine the spotlight on some of the best contemporary silent films by Canadian film maker Guy Maddin (Klaus Ming January 2012).