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A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.

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Admiring Woman (as Nina Siemazko)
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Storyline

Outside a movie premiere, enthusiastic fan Peppy Miller literally bumps into the swashbuckling hero of the silent film, George Valentin. The star reacts graciously and Peppy plants a kiss on his cheek as they are surrounded by photographers. The headlines demand: "Who's That Girl?" and Peppy is inspired to audition for a dancing bit-part at the studio. However as Peppy slowly rises through the industry, the introduction of talking-pictures turns Valentin's world upside-down. Written by L. Hamre

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for a disturbing image and a crude gesture | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 January 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Beauty Spot  »

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$204,878 (USA) (18 November 2011)

Gross:

$44,667,095 (USA) (15 June 2012)
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was shot in the 1.33:1 "Academy ratio," just as in silent-film days, since director-writer Michel Hazanavicius considered it 'perfect for actors' because it gives them 'a presence, a power, a strength. They occupy all the space of the screen.' See more »

Goofs

In the opening sequence, when George watches the film in the theater, the on-screen car appears to be left-hand drive. Since he is standing behind the screen, the image should be reversed. See more »

Quotes

George Valentin: [to his own shadow] Look what's become of you... You've been stupid! You've been proud!
[the shadow walks away]
George Valentin: Get back here, you loser!
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Crazy Credits

The following film is presented in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio, as intended by the filmmakers. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Josh Brolin/Gotye (2012) See more »

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Estancia OP.8
(Alberto Ginastera))
Conducted by Ernst van Tiel (as Ernst Van Tiel)
Performed by Brussels Philharmonic (as Brussels Philharmonic - The Orchestra of Flanders)
©Boosey & Hawkes c/o Editions Durand/Universal
(p) 2011 La Petite Reine
Courtesy of Universal Music Vision
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Cannes Favorite
30 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I managed to catch a screening of this at Cannes, and if you're thinking about skipping this film because it's silent and black and white, you're going to be missing out on a very special experience.

Everything about this film is exceptional. The acting is top-notch, the story is intriguing, and despite being black and white, the film is visually appealing. The filmmakers really make great use of the medium, and even though there are no voices or color, my interest was never lost.

Jean Dujardin gives a great performance. You like him instantly and, without giving too much away, you want him to succeed. This movie is really chock full of great actors and actresses. You'll see some familiar faces, but they all blend in well with the world of the film.

I really don't know a whole lot about the director Michel Hazanavicius, but after seeing this film I'm definitely interested in seeing what he does next.

Highly recommend!


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