The Artist

January 20th, 2012

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The Artist

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Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 8.4/10 (40,225 voted)

Critic's Score: 89/100

Director: Michel Hazanavicius

Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman

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.

Jean Dujardin - George Valentin
Bérénice Bejo - Peppy Miller
John Goodman - Al Zimmer
James Cromwell - Clifton
Penelope Ann Miller - Doris
Missi Pyle - Constance
Beth Grant - Peppy's Maid
Ed Lauter - The Butler
Joel Murray - Policeman Fire
Bitsie Tulloch - Norma
Ken Davitian - Pawnbroker
Malcolm McDowell - The Butler
Basil Hoffman - Auctioneer
Bill Fagerbakke - Policeman Tuxedo
Nina Siemaszko - Admiring Woman


Official Website: Official site [Canada] | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 20 January 2012

Filming Locations: 617 Olive Street, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: €60,286 (Belgium) (16 October 2011) (24 Screens)

Gross: $28,070,412 (USA) (19 February 2012)

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Did You Know?

This film was one of a number of movies that were in competition at the 2012 Academy Awards that was related to France and French culture in some way. The films included The Artist, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, The Adventures of Tintin, Puss in Boots from the French fairy-tale by Charles Perrault, Rise of the Planet of the Apes based on the novel by Pierre Boulle and A Cat in Paris. Interestingly though, there was no French film nominated for the Best Foreign Film Academy Award (Oscar) in 2012.

Continuity: In the scene when George removes a white sheet from the things that Peppy bought at auction, in one moment the sheet is in his right hand and in the next frame it's in his left hand.

Doris: I'm unhappy.
George Valentin: So are millions of us.

User Review

Marvellous; one of the best movie experiences you'll ever have

Rating: 10/10

The Artist arrived at the Toronto International Film Festival preceded by the accolades it received at Cannes, so expectations were high, but those expectations have been more than amply fulfilled. This film is an absolute marvel - charming, witty, surprising, moving, clever and beautiful. Filmmaking is about decisions, thousands and thousands of them, and everyone involved in The Artist makes every decision to perfection. The cinematography is ravishing in luminous black and white. The musical score, on which the film, being silent, is so dependant, is subtle when it needs to be subtle, dramatic when the occasion calls for it, and never overbearing or overwrought. The screenplay (yes, silent films do have screenplays) toys with the conventions of the silent era, paying homage to some of the greatest films of the first two or three decades of cinema history. The acting is flawless, extracting emotion and humour from a simple but classic storyline. The direction displays such self-assurance, and treats the audience with such respect, that it is almost like having a dialogue with the director.

The Artist is one of the most enjoyable movie experiences I have ever had. It deserves a wide audience and all sorts of awards. I can hardly wait to see it again.

And oh yes, if there is ever an Oscar for best animal performance, the dog in The Artist should receive a lifetime achievement award for this role alone.

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