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The Artist, The silent review

2011 movie Poster (Jean Dujardin & Bérénice Bejo respectively )

Directed & Written by: Michel Hazanavicius

-Do you hear that ?No?Exactly. It’s called brilliant silence.

The Artist, a recently released French Romance that has been buried under tons of praises and award in the last few months.An homage to the silent films and presumed golden Age of  Hollywood motion pictures, A movie played with the body language instead of the language of the tongue is one movie that i never thought would live to see the light of the 21th century.I bet this isn’t the last we’ll hear about   Jean Dujardin (Please pronounce it right people) .

A charming and promising life of movie star George Valentine (portrayed by Jean Dujardin) threatened by the arrival of  the ‘talking’ motion pictures embarks us on an interesting story wrapped in romance and the rise of another star that rose from Valentine’s doings onto the stage and into his life. A romantic story i actually enjoyed.Me , the thriller fanatic finally found a movie that speaks to the heart without pulling my emotional attachments while taking my skepticism and sense of judgement with it, leaving a weak mind prey to over-sentimental rubbish (yes I’m talking to you twilight…) but not this time. Because this movie is an homage to the silent movie at it’s best , one that made way for sound while giving up iconic aspects revived by this work.

-The true successor of the silent movie.

Yes there is no sound. Soundtrack ?You mean Orchestra right ? Yes the year is 1929 before the Wall Street Crash. America is bathing in wealth and with it is the film industry. This movie traps you in that time by the use of carefully thought  screenplay and the over the top act’s that mimics a long-lost time of dramatic gestures.  Not only do the actors play their roles well, they also captivates your mind to make you believe that this IS 1929 (there is a dog in this movie that has more acting skills than some actors !). The clever use of intertitles and orchestrated music that strengthen the mood of one particular scene is remarkably well done, every pixel of this movie screamed “silence!”. Yes , i will not stop telling you how ‘old it felt, how great it was to see such devotion into a movie.

Who is winning awards?This guy!


Jean Dujardin’s own charisma is a great asset for this film, there wasn’t one moment where i didn’t think  “maybe this actor was born in the wrong time and country” .  Despite the never-ending praises toward Dujardin’s  impeccable acting by many critics, I still think that it’s only fair that Bérénice Bejo shares the spotlight. Her charming and assertive role as a common girl who becomes Kinograph’s new star Peppy Miller Overshadowed Jean Dujardin’s in certain scenes (intentional but also due to her impressive acting skills), Bejo as Peppy Miller earned a spot underneath the light of success with that never-fading smile she displayed in this movie countless of times and her profound emotions hidden that leak from her heart into the picture.$

I first set out to see this movie out of cheer curiosity and with the thought that this movie, much like many others , would be a revamped silent movie meant for a wide audience to avoid the deadly silence that, as i foolishly thought, has no place in this century. I have never been this happy to be wrong before.


Oooh, that smile...


Taking a bet to try something controversial and walking away with the honor that comes with it.Michel Hazanavicius did that, and i can only hope that more people will follow his example because the history of the motion picture, is not a forsaken one. At least not by this movie’s standards.

Enjoy this movie and watch it in numbers, I can only hope you’ll enjoy it as i did.

As for me, I’m going to watch myself a thriller again :).

-Osaru out-

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One comment on “The Artist, The silent review

  1. Pingback: The Descendants, The review « OsaruFLIX

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