The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.
Helena Bonham Carter
Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.
Biopic of the iconic French singer Édith Piaf. Raised by her grandmother in a brothel, she was discovered while singing on a street corner at the age of 19. Despite her success, Piaf's life was filled with tragedy.
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
In the montage of end credits that illustrate Peppy's rise to stardom, the first set of credits show that "Louise" is played by "Norma Lamont". This is a reference to _Norma Talmadge_, one of the biggest stars of the silent era, and Lina Lamont, the squeaky-voiced character with the almost impenetrable hybrid Brooklyn/Bronx accent played by _Jean Hagen_ in Singin' in the Rain (1952). Lina Lamont was allegedly based on Norma Talmadge. (To be fair, Norma Talmadge sounded more like a young _Barbara Stanwyck_ and nothing like the Lina Lamont character.) See more »
When Peppy and George meet again on the stairs in the studio office, after she gives him her phone number, George walks down the stairs, and when he's almost at the bottom step, Peppy whistles at him and does a little dance routine and throws him a kiss. In the next wide shot we see George standing almost on the top step again, where he was standing while they were having their conversation. See more »
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.
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