The Artist: movie review

The Artist PosterGenre: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Rated: PG-13

Year of release: 2011

Director: Michel Hazanavicius

Summary: Outside a movie premiere, enthusiastic fan Peppy Miller literally bumps into the swashbuckling hero of the silent film, George Valentin. The star reacts graciously and Peppy plants a kiss on his cheek as they are surrounded by photographers. The headlines demand: "Who's That Girl?" and Peppy is inspired to audition for a dancing bit-part at the studio. However as Peppy slowly rises through the industry, the introduction of talking pictures turns Valentin's world upside-down.

Review:  The Artist plays out like an old classical silent movie. Unlike movies today, a lot is shown through action than in dialogue. Every time someone says something words (tell cards) are not always going to appear on the screen. There’s going to be some lip reading involve. Lucky this movie is in English so it’s not going to be hard.

The story is like Singing in the Rain, where it takes place during a time when silent films are being replaced with talkies. Only this is on the silent film end about an actor's career is feeling the toll of the changing industry.

One part of the movie that expresses a scene of emotional tension is when Peppy runs into George's house and there is absolute silence.

The Artist is a movie that brings you back to a far-gone era. Cinema owns a lot to silent movies and what they pave the way for.

Eyebrow Cinema has a great video on how to get into silent films. Some of the advice given in the video can apply to this movie.

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