From Dec 23 through 29, 2011.
Winner of the prize for Best Actor at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, Michel Hazanavicius’s The Artist is a heartfelt and entertaining valentine to classic American cinema.
Set during the twilight of Hollywood’s silent era and shot on location in Los Angeles, The Artist tells the story of a charismatic movie star unhappily confronting the new world of talking pictures. Mixing comedy, romance and melodrama, The Artist is itself an example of the form it celebrates: a black-and-white silent film that relies on images, actors and music to weave its singular spell.
The film takes us back to 1929, when the fictional actor George Valentin is a bona fide matinee idol with many adoring fans. While working on his latest film, George finds himself falling in love with an ingenue named Peppy Miller and, what’s more, it seems Peppy feels the same way. But George is reluctant to cheat on his wife with the beautiful young actress.
The growing popularity of sound in movies further separates the potential lovers, as George’s career begins to fade while Peppy’s star rises. The cast includes Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller, Malcolm Mcdowell and John Goodman. The New York Times says The Artis is a “generous, touching and slightly daffy expression of unbridled movie love” and Variety calls it, “a love letter to silent cinema.”
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