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The Artist

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France, United States, Belgium · 2011
Rated PG-13 · 1h 40m
Director Michel Hazanavicius
Starring Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance

Hollywood, 1927: as silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks a romance with Peppy Miller, a young actress set for a big break. This funny and moving film captures the style of classic Hollywood silent films, using sound only rarely.

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Slant Magazine by

The Artist neatly sidesteps this unsolvable dilemma by ignoring everything that's fascinating and memorable about the era, focusing instead on a patchwork of general knowledge, so eroded of inconvenient facts that it doesn't even qualify as a roman à clef.


Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

A fascinating experiment is about to happen, and who doesn't want to be part of a little fun? That rarest of birds - a b&w silent film - is set to swoop into multiplexes. Trust us, it won't bite.


Village Voice by Melissa Anderson

The Artist is movie love at its most anodyne; where Guy Maddin has used the conventions of silent film to express his loony psychosexual fantasias for more than a decade, Hazanavicius sweetly asks that we not be afraid of the past.


Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

The Artist encapsulates everything we go to movies for: action, laughs, tears and a chance to get lost in another world. It just might leave you speechless. How can Oscar resist?


Miami Herald by Rene Rodriguez

A brazen stunt that pays off. Writer-director Michel Hazanavicius, simultaneously channeling "Singin' in the Rain" and "A Star is Born," tells a story about 1920s Hollywood made in the style of that era.


Observer by Rex Reed

Get ready for a smash hit. Gimmicky but delicious, this is a valentine to the movies I promise you will cherish.

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