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The Artist

A movie directed by Michel Hazanavicius

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"The Artist" really shows it's artistry through it's design and it's heart.

  • Jan 23, 2012

Michel Hazanavicius' reverence towards the artistry of the era of silent films lashes out a poetic mediation on Hollywood and also on the life of the artists that we adore. "The Artist" jumps over the gimmick form and gives it's content a great value. Filled with emotion and joy, the film succeeds to deliver not only one of the best tributes to our cinema but also one of the sweetest love stories and stories of struggle and dedication.

The story is quite ravishing. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), a silent-film actor faces the prospect of change, true love, loneliness, disappointment and commitment to the acting world. The hard time of accepting change in the art that made you a great man is understandable. The desire to fight against the current is a theme that lives through this emotional mirage. The power to accept it though, the power to fight for yourself as a human being and for your artistry is the brave resolution a honest man will always come to. Being an actor is not an easy job. You have to deal with your own ego, with your own passion and desire to change the world through your work. You have to give up your pride and surrender to the new. You have to also embrace and remember the past and who you were. You have to deal with eventual financial collapse and work your way to the top again. You have to handle personal frustrations and the frustration of others. It's a messy character that you become in the real life but for an actor... what's the definition of "real life"? The same issues our protagonist must face. Thanks to a great character design and development, George Valentin and his little four-legged friend become truly unforgettable on screen.

Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) is the new pair of legs in Hollywood. A breath of fresh air which got acquainted with the acting world thanks to George. She's passionate and has a warm heart but she's dedicated to a life that George does not understand yet. The relationship between these two progresses beautifully by adding salty moments through the vast display of typical but funny situations. Their chemistry is one of the best I've seen in recent years in movies and obviously it works like hell. You cannot hold but to embrace these characters and support them and cheer for them. This movie was made to move audiences by using a technique that has been lost in the archives of natural beauty.

However, the film's main purpose is still to pay respects to the classics. You can see that through the elements of both acting and storytelling met in the classic films of Hollywood. The technical execution is also superb giving the film a sense of realism and authenticity. The score composed by Ludovic Bource is simply brilliant. Subtle, full of energy and emotion, and quite varied. The addition of a classic musical masterpiece like the Vertigo theme is the stand out moment. A powerful tool used perfectly in suiting our characters evolution and the most important moments in our story.

"The Artist" is brilliant especially in this age and it deserves all the praise and all the nominations and awards in all the categories. Tragic, inspiring, emotional and most of all, melancholic. This movie really shows it's artistry through it's design, it's craft, it's acting, it's tribute to the greatness of cinema but most of all, through it's beautiful story. This is a film made for a guy like me. A guy who wasted, wastes, and will waste hours and hours on movies because they are simply my life and I feel quite sad that I still cannot express through words what I feel when I watch these movies. They complete me.

I could go on and on on the importance of this film in today's puzzled world. However, I will not do that and I will only advise you to watch it and can only hope for you to enjoy it as much as I did.

Storyline: 9.0
Acting: 10
Technical Execution: 9.3
Replay Value: 9.0
Overall: 9.3

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January 25, 2012
Sounds like a good one. I've heard all positive things from all those who I've talked to about it, so I'll have to catch it. Thank you for sharing!
January 24, 2012
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January 24, 2012
Looks like an interesting film !
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review by . December 31, 2011
The little dog saves the day - Not overly impressed with The Artist
A lot of people really like this movie.  A lot of critics really like this movie.  The judges at Cannes really liked this movie.   So I went to see The Artist with lots of high expectations.  Maybe I read too many reviews and critical analysis of the film.   Maybe I was expecting too much.  But I was somewhat disappointed with the movie.   For me the best thing about the movie was the very talented little dog who steals the show in my opinion.   I felt the …
review by . December 30, 2011
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**** out of ****    "The Artist" has all the qualities and bare essentials of your everyday cinematic crowd-pleaser; minus the fact that most films these days aren't (almost) completely silent, whereas this one is (fair warning to those who value sound in cinema). A film of good humor and charm, it had its premiere at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where it was met with much acclaim. I was finally given the grand opportunity of seeing the film a few evenings ago at the Angelika …
review by . December 31, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
The Artist has the opportunity to alienate a lot of people before anyone even steps up to the ticket counter. The movie is done in black and white, it is mostly a silent movie, and there is little chance you will recognize either lead actor. While this may deter some people from seeing it I encourage you not to be one of them. The Artistis a beautifully crafted movie, and within a couple months may be declared the best movie of the year.      The Artist is a silent …
review by . November 26, 2011
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Star Rating:         The Artist is cinematic perfection – a joyous celebration of everything that makes the movies so wonderful. Set during the end of Hollywood’s silent era, it surely must have been a labor of love for writer/director Michel Hazanavicius, because in this day and age, a filmmaker does not lightly make the decision to tell an image-driven story in the language of melodrama. He pays careful attention to the technical aspects. It’s a …
review by . June 27, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
As the story opens, it is 1929, and we meet George Valentin, a dashing matinée idol who thrills his fans with his silent movies. He meets a star-struck young lady named Peppy and helps her get into show business as a extra. Soon, she's rising to super-stardom, while George's star begins to fade.      This is a gimmick movie; a silent, black and white homage to silent and early talkies. The actors mug and ham it up throughout the film, the story is sweet and predictable, …
Quick Tip by . March 12, 2012
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Ok, so I had a little too many Irish coffees when I went to see this with my friends (they‘re a couple so they were more into the movie, I tried really hard to focus on the movie despite the alcohol LOL!), and this isn’t usually my kind of movie, but The Artist was a pretty clever film that is cute, entertaining, upbeat and can serve as a homage to past silent cinema.      It was excellently executed as with the style, direction, sly humor and acting. The leads …
review by . September 17, 2011
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True Artistry
THE ARTIST Written and Directed by Michel Hazanavicius Starring Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman and James Cromwell   George Valentin (on a title card): I won’t talk. I won’t say a word!   Some critics would be hard pressed to find genuine artistry in the film industry today, but they needn’t look any further than THE ARTIST, French director, Michel Hazanavicius’s homage to another era. It is a fine celebration of the cinema and the art involved …
Quick Tip by . December 04, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Anyone interested in a little more insight into this fantastic film should check out my interview with The Artist director, Michel Hazanavicius and star, Jean Dujardin ...    Thanks for reading!
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Music, Movies, Film, Drama, Romance, Reviews, Hollywood, Cinema, Julian Left, 2011, The Artist, Silent Film, Michel Hazanavicius, Berenice Bejo, Jean Dujardin


Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama
Release Date: 23 November 2011 (USA)
Screen Writer: Michel Hazanavicius
Runtime: 100 min
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