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The Artist – Official Trailer [HD]
Sometimes you see something which is so wondrous and delightful that it makes you want to watch it again, and again, and again.
It doesn’t happen that often. Star Wars (obviously), Raiders of the Lost Ark (they had me at rolling boulders), The Station Agent at the NFT, the Lord of the Rings (again, obviously) and Blazing Saddles (if i’m an honest it was the baked bean scene…)
Now I can add The Artist to that list.
It’s a beautiful serenade to silent film and the Golden age of the Hollywood studio. It’s witty, clever and some of the set pieces are simply breathtaking. The performances by the cast, from leading man Jean Dujardin as suave silent thesp George Valentin and leading lady Berenice Bejo, to the support of John Goodman and James Cromwell right the way to cameos from Malcolm MacDowell are superb. Not to mention Uggie the dog.
Has there ever been a better dog in a film than the one from Umberto D? Uggie from The Artist perhaps? He’s just too cute
The closest I have ever come to the sheer exhilaration of seeing this movie is watching Metropolis on the big screen with Neil Brand playing piano as the soundtrack. This film is that good.
It’s already won some influential friends:
“Jesus. Just saw THE ARTIST. I staggered out of the cinema. It’s FANTASTIC.
“’The Artist’ is quite exceptionally brilliant and moving and stylish and funny and clever and inspiring and… Words don’t do it justice.
And if you don’t take my word for it ….
– check out these reviews instead…
The Artist – review | Film | The Guardian
Dec 22, 2011 … This witty and moving homage to the silent movie era is one of the most purely enjoyable movies in years, writes Peter…
Empire’s The Artist Movie Review
Read Empire’s review of The Artist. You can find out the star rating, film details, plot and a full review on Empire online.
The Artist (2011) – IMDb
Directed by Michel Hazanavicius. With Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell. Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star…