George Valentin is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller, it seems the sky’s the limit – major movie stardom awaits. The Artist tells the story of their interlinked destinies.
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I love the silent cinema. This film seemed cliched and borrowed from Singin' in the Rain and the original A Star is Born (but with a happy ending). I guess people like stuff that is regurgitated. I enjoyed a few moments of the film, but mainly, I wished for something fresh and interesting.
A unremarkable faux-silent era film. A safe, conventional narrative in a novel, not so novel, package. Lacks the charm of the silent era, and only moderately offers silent film techniques. Way too little visual dialogue for a silent: much performance, little cinematography. Its tendentious aim to please compromises https://aestheticsofthemind.wordpress.com/2015/07/25/the-artist-hazanavicius-2012/
60/100 - Decent.
This doesn't really deserve 4 stars when compared to the greatest films of the silent era, but I am grateful that people are still making silent films. Cinema is a visual art! As Norma Desmond said "They had the eyes of the world, but it wasn't enough; they had to have the ears, too!"
A sort of John Gilbert: The Last Days but with a happy ending. Very overhyped, it drastically lacks the sharpness and piquancy of other end of era pictures like Singin' In The Rain or Sunset Boulevard. But the dog is marvellous!
Pero que pu!$%&?¿ le ven a este pseudo film complaciente y efectista que se queda en la superficie... esto es un pinche pastiche silente lleno de "recortes hollywoodenses" de una era posterior al cine mudo. SIN PALABRAS... and YES the pun IS intended...
One of the best pastiches I've seen and the best film from 2011. It deserves all the awards it has received and the only conclusion I get to when I see people hate the film (a lot of critics but also friends) is that they are pretentious people who think silent films belong to museums to be watched by a few intellectuals. Screw them! Silent cinema was commercial cinema already then, and that's what The Artist is.
Sweet natured but generally trite pastiche. We've been here so many times before and Singin' in the Rain did it better on all counts. As ever Hollywood rewards exercises in navel gazing and it's success can only be ascribed to offering a warm, if empty headed, alternative to the slam-dunk offerings down the local mutliplex. A cinematic cream cake.
The plot revolves around the switch from silent films to sound films. Ironically enough, the way they use the sound in this film is the thing that makes it so brilliant. George Valentin, the main character, lives the same drama as Norma Desmond from Sunset Blvd. . I loved Norma Desmond's character. This similarity is NOT the only reason to love this film. Watch it and discover the rest for yourself.