The Artist (2011)


There is a reason why silent films are classics: they show what Hollywood was like before the introduction of sound. With precise gestures and perfect timing, silent films are still entertaining and enjoyable to experience. With “The Artist”, we get a look at how an actor transitions himself from silent pictures to talking pictures. There is so much going for this film that it is impossible to not love this movie. “The Artist” is a remarkable tribute to the silent era, as well as fine example of how to do a comedy.


The plot takes the viewer in a span of five years between 1927 to 1932. During that time frame, famed actor George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent film star working for the local major studio. During one of his newest film’s premiere, George meets up with a young woman named Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo). George immediately falls in love with her, but unfortunately, they cannot see each other as Peppy starts to become a major Hollywood actress. As the years go by, George’s boss tells him that the studio will now be making talking pictures. George doesn’t believe this, but as the years progress, audiences love talking pictures. George must decide on whether or not he should continue making movies or just call it quits and let the public decide what they think of him.


“The Artist” is one of the best films ever made. Why? There are so many reasons. First of all, the movie recaptures the time period of when Hollywood was transitioning from silent to sound pictures. Next, the actors and actresses who perform in this movie are superb. Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo are absolutely fantastic as the two lead roles. The rest of the cast is great, especially the performance of the dog who steals the show. But what really makes “The Artist” stand out is fact that the entire movie is silent; with a few bits and pieces of sound added in. The whole movie is done in a silent format to fit the tone of the picture well. Throughout the entire film, there is no sound given, which lets the music do all of the talking. The cinematography is brilliant as the movie captures late 1920s, early 1930s lifestyle, and as a bonus, the whole production is shot in black and white to accommodate the era. There are inter titles that give dialogue, but for the most part, everything is silent, with only a few sound bits happening at the beginning and the end of the film.


Honestly, there’s really nothing to complain about “The Artist”. It’s a perfect movie. This film is one of best movies that capture the spirit of movies, and how movies are made perfectly.


Overall, “The Artist” is a wonderful tribute to the early days of cinema, as well as one the best films ever made. Film lovers will definitely enjoy this piece of art. It is an opportunity not to be missed.

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