Excerpt: When given a glimpse of the latest technology, George brushes aside the proposition of so-called talking pictures as some curious fad. Rather than transform with the times, he commits his own fortune to writing, directing, and starring in what he hopes will be his greatest film. Meanwhile, Peppy is rapidly becoming big box office, her star shining ever brighter while another fades.
Excerpt: The title “Best Picture winner” doesn’t quite mean what it used to. When you look at some of the moves that have come home with the big prize, some are obviously better than others. A true classic will withstand the test of time while others might be forgotten about. Take a look at the movie that’s widely considered the best of all-time: Citizen Kane – It lost out to How Green Was My Valley !
Excerpt: The Best Picture winner at the 2011 Academy Awards is a lovely homage to Hollywood's silent era and a perfectly pleasant viewing experience, almost everyone agrees. However, some think The Artist is overrated and didn't deserve to take home the golden statuette. Those people must have expected a very different showbiz awards show. Just how often does the Oscar go home with the year's most culturally significant, socially daring or truly groundbreaking film?
Conclusion: 'The Artist' is a truly moving and beautiful film that celebrates and recreates the magic of silent cinema. Unfortunately, the movie rarely rises above mere reconstruction, and while the performances, cinematography, and dramatic beats are all very enjoyable, they offer little we haven't already seen before. Still, though it may be familiar, like an old, favorite song it's well worth another listen.
Excerpt: The Film While it could have been just a gimmicky attempt to parody old Hollywood, The Artist is so much more. It not only recreates the style of the golden age of silent movies but manages to capture the transition to the talkies quite effectively. Unlike Mel Brooks' Silent Movie this isn't just a parody, and unlike The Good German this isn't just designed to imitate the appearance of a film from another era.
Excerpt: The story of the transition from silent to sound cinema has been told before--most memorably in Singin' in the Rain , but also in plays like Once in a Lifetime and between the lines of Sunset Blvd. However, the idea of telling that story in the style of a silent movie is a new one, and it is executed in Michel Hazanavicius's The Artist with wit and grace; from the opening credits, everything (the music, the font, even the aspect ratio) is just right.
Excerpt: While the movie industry abandoned black-and-white silent films 80 years ago, the spirit is of the past is back with writer/director Michel Hazanavicius's The Artist , a true crowd-pleaser that evokes the charm of old Hollywood. Set in the late 1920s, the story centers on George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), a famous movie star who is truly on top of the world. His movies are some of the biggest in Hollywood and he is constantly surrounded by fans who heap praise upon him.
Excerpt: French director Michel Hazanavicius makes movies for movie buffs—up to a point. His two OSS 117 spy spoofs are packed with film references and direct parody; his latest, the Cannes-acclaimed black-and-white silent feature The Artist , consciously draws on decades of Hollywood features. But for viewers who will get all the in-jokes and call-outs, the film may seem too familiar. There’s a fine line between homage and just repeating well-known stories.