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The movie on every movie critic’s tongue right now is the Cannes Film Festival favorite and the 84th Best Picture winner, ‘The Artist.’ This outbreak film beat out films such as George Clooney’s ‘The Descendents’ and Martin Scorsese’s ‘Hugo’. So, what’s so special about this film? It’s not only in black and white but it is also silent. This was the first silent film nominated for an Academy Ward since 1927. Yes, you read correctly there is so dialogue in this film except for a few lines through out the entire movie. The audience has nothing to go on except facial expressions, body movement, some mechanical sounds and music. No the music doesn’t contain words either. Now before you cross this movie off your list of “must-sees” at least hear me out!
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‘The Artist’ is a French-based film that takes place during 1927 in old Hollywood when silent films were coming to their end and talking pictures were taking their place. Silent movie star George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will damage or even end his fame in the film business. In order to rehash and save his career, Valentin soon sparks not only a professional but romantic relationship with a young up and coming dancer Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) who is bound to make it big. Even though the movie is filled with un-familiar actors there is one well-known star that appears in this movie. John Goodman plays Al Zimmer, the mogul of Kinograph Studios who is in charge of depicting the fate of the studio’s actor’s careers. All the actor’s performances are outstanding and spectacular but none of them steal the show as well as Dujardin’s canine companion, Uggie, a Russell-terrier who is at his owner’s side every moment even at the dinner table! The film used several different Russell-terriers to play Uggie and one even made an appearance at this year’s Golden Globes and showed off how talented he really is by performing a trick on stage with co-star Jean Dujardin.
What also adds to this movie’s out of the ordinary context is one the film’s producers, Thomas Langmanns, explained in his acceptance speech for the film winning best motion picture- musical or comedy at the Golden Globes that this film is based off a short-film which was produced back in 1965 by a young French man. The film, Le Poulet, was nominated and won for Best Show Film at the 1965 Academy Awards. The director, writer and producer of the original movie, Claude Berri, did not have enough money back then to afford airfare in order to fly to California and accept the award in person. We are then informed that this young-Frenchman was none other than Langmanns’ father who had passed away in 2009 at the age of seventy-four. Langmann dedicated the Golden Globe to his late father. “It is such an honor….. such a great honor to receive this and being in this room and remembering him.” ‘The Artist’ has currently returned to theaters by popular demand since it has received a huge amount of attention since it was first released this past October.
This movie captivates the audience with the actor’s ability to play off on another without exchanging works and is still able to create everything within a film such as drama, romance, betrayal and misfortune. It reminds us what movies are truly all about. Stories within movies these days are sometimes hidden or misleading due to all the extra bells and whistles that go along with production like special effects, voices, color and sex appeal. ‘The Artist’ brings new value to the movies original raw context by having the audience make their own assumptions and thoughts about the story and characters. It doesn’t just give that information away. I found myself paying extra attention to the actor’s non-verbal communication and the music in order to follow what was going on and what the actor’s were thinking or feeling than I would in a film with dialogue. This film consists of actor’s that define the ultimate idea and purpose of acting. The Artist’ may have an out-dated concept but it has brought a renewal to the purpose and context of movies everywhere.