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The Artist (2011)

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).


4 comments on “The Artist (2011)

  1. Paragraph Film Reviews

    Have to ask, as someone who has watched and enjoys a LOT more silent film than most… do you think it’s “best picture” material?

    I liked it, but think that there’s a lot of hype, and it’s getting out of hand a bit!

    • Klaus

      Exactly what I was thinking. It’s a fun movie, but pretty much a novelty – and definitely not “best picture” material.

  2. CMrok93

    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 Klaus.

    • Klaus

      Thanks, and yes I think it’s been over-hyped. I was hoping for a whole lot more – and was actually a little disappointed. Having seen what Guy Maddin can do with contemporary silent film has spoiled me.

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