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The Artist: Review

Posted by Kenneth Shinozuka on March 9, 2012 at 11:55 PM

The Artist

Released: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 (Limited Release)

Director: Michel Hazanavicius

Starring: Jean Dujardin (as George Valentin), Bérénice Bejo (as Peppy Miller), Uggie (as Jack, the dog), James Cromwell (as Clifton), John Goodman (as Al Zimmer), Penelope Ann Miller (as Dorin Valentin), Missi Pyle (as Constance)

Screenwriter: Michel Hazanavicius

Runtime: 100 minutes

Rated PG-13


                                                            out of 100

                                                     Art at Its Finest

Silence is golden. And amidst all the bombastic sound of modern filmmaking comes silence in the golden form of "The Artist," a silent, black-and-white film that tells so many words without telling any words at all. Immaculately emulating the technical aspects and possessing the soul of silent filmmaking, French director Michel Hazanavicius evokes the cleverness and poetic grace of silent films, crafting a love letter that both laments and celebrates a bygone and wonderful era of cinema, the roaring '20s. In an age where sound has clouded meaning, Hazanavicius has directed not only a crafty work of entertainment but also a profound masterpiece imbued with more meaning than any modern film, a feat he could not have achieved without his fantastic cast. Jean Dujardin embodies the consciousness and character of the typical 1920s star as George Valentin, a silent actor whose descent into oblivion is countered by lover Peppy Miller, performed wonderfully by Berenice Bejo. Both of these thoroughly engaging performances demonstrate an unparalleled mastery of gesture and expression, and conjure romance, humor, and drama all with the virtue of silence. Periodic yet timeless,The Artist is a work of art that not only deserved to sweep the Academy Awards, but will also speechlessly leave you speechless. 99/100

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Reply Dillon Sun
12:56 AM on May 24, 2012 
Is there a lot of romance and drama? Then, i wouldn't like it...