The Artist – 2011

Silent films are a thing of the past. They represent a different period of time that has, for the most part, faded into history. This film is both a masterful tribute and a reinvention of the silent age. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent star whose entire world falls apart when sound finds its place in the film industry. His attempts to keep his career alive as a silent star in a world populated by sound films creates a great contrast to the benefits offered by the invention of sound. At its core this film is a romance and, even at his lowest, George finds his way to up-and-coming star Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) who finds no trouble living in the world of sound. Their attraction is present in every scene thy share and it is reminiscent of the classic romances upon which this film is based.

One of the greatest films of the decade and a fantastic commentary on how much cinema has changed.

A wonderfully original film, this one deserves only high praise and a…

4.5 out of 5


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