Thursday, February 23, 2012
The Artist ::
The Artist has been receiving rave reviews and a lot of attention during the award season, and one can see why. Seeing the first screening at the cinema, (with the whole cinema to myself) I got to experience the pleasure of seeing this Black and White silent gem on the big screen.
Set in Hollywood 1927, silent film star George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is loved by all for his acting, however he then begins to feel like a washed up movie star with the arrival of talking pictures. The new era of talking film is where Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) gets her big break, becoming Hollywood’s sweetheart.
Throughout the film is bits of text stating the main lines of what each actor is saying, though you do need to work a lot of it out for yourself; watching their face and body expressions and the tone of the music.
Also starring John Goodman, Missi Pyle and James Cromwell and directed by Michel Hazanavicius this little B & W film will have you smitten. Even Uggie (the dog) was a delight to watch.
The Artist is now showing at select cinemas, check websites for screening sessions.