The Artist (Released 2 February 2012)
I’ve always kind of wondered what it would have been like to of seen a film in the Golden era, lining up outside the marquee etc, not only for the type of films that were being made but for more so the experience. For a moment in time I’m taken back way before the Golden era into the Silent era. Whether this film is an homage to that era or just an idea that suddenly came to fruition with a loud bang it doesn’t really matter as I’m transported back to the 1920’s Midnight in Paris style.
The story in a nutshell is centered around the life of Hollywood star, George Valentine (Jean Dujardin) a once at the top of his game a a silent film star who stumbles upon up and coming starlet Peppy Miller (Berenice Bego) who is now one of the biggest stars of the new talkies era.
The Artist is an achievement in so many ways. It introduces new stars to the American/English audience as well as confidently weaving its magic of silence through its effective black and white picture from beginning to end. It’s practically up to the viewer on whether or not this appeals, is it really that much of an issue that’s either/or in black or white or silent? Most like minded just want see something interesting as this fits right into that cateogry, ticks all boxes if you will. I’m unsure of the demographic and its ability to win the high prized Academy Award but all of those things don’t take away any of the charm that The Artist displays. The film is an achievement of our time and as someone said to me today “It’d be somewhat unacceptable to dislike this film, being that it’s now internationally regarded, but stay true to yourself if you don’t like it you don’t like it.
The message is simple and reading in between the lines is the fun part with the most cheerful ending you’ll ever see. I put this on level with another little gem titled “The Purple Rose of Cairo” a film that make’s me proud to be a film fan and completes my theory of sometimes you have to go back before you continue forward. I hope you see this film and enjoy it as much as I did.
Directed by – Michel Hazanavicius
Stars – Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bego,
For those wanting to read on here’s an interview with director Michel Hazanavicius via film maker magazine.