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The Artist (I) (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  20 January 2012 (USA)
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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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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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Rated PG-13 for a disturbing image and a crude gesture | See all certifications »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$44,667,095 (USA) (15 June 2012)
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The film's win for the Academy Award for Best Picture, the year after The King's Speech (2010) marked the first time since 1981-82 that there were two consecutive Best Picture winners which were produced outside the United States (from UK/Australia and France/Belgium, respectively). The first time was with Chariots of Fire (1981) and Gandhi (1982) (both were British productions). See more »

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George Valentin: [to his own shadow] Look what's become of you... You've been stupid! You've been proud!
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©1927 EMI Catalogue Partnership, EMI Robbins Catalog Inc
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Dull
20 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't get why people are agog over this movie. I wanted to like the movie but it was achingly boring through the first hour that I didn't think I could take the last 40 minutes. It picks up a little in the second half as it gets darker but it's still limp. Not as good as any ordinary silent movie I've ever seen. Overly campy, predictable, and frankly boring. I thought the movie would provide modern movie story-telling to an old art form to transform the medium. It clearly didn't do that and also failed as an ode to the glorious silent films of the past. Simply making a silent film today that is weak, insipid and vacuous does not qualify as homage. Even the independent film house where I saw this movie, which has adoring audiences that tend to applaud at the end of every movie, failed to generate the obligatory applause when this tome ended. I was very disappointed.


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