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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peppy's Maid
Peppy's Butler
Policeman Fire
The Butler
Policeman Tuxedo
Admiring Woman (as Nina Siemazko)


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$44,667,095 (USA) (15 June 2012)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The role of Jack the dog was actually played by three matching Jack Russell Terriers: Uggie, Dash, and Dude, although the lead dog Uggie did the majority of scenes. All three dogs were colored before the filming began, made to look more alike. See more »


The phonograph used is a Guild "Graphanola" - a hi-fi made to look like an outside horn machine. These were built in the mid 1950's when Hi-fi was the newest sound technology, almost 30 years after when this movie is set. A non-electric inside horn machine like a Victrola would have been more than likely used in the late 1920's, as outside horn machines were outdated by then. See more »


Al Zimmer: Perfect! Beautiful! Could you give me just one more?
George Valentin: With pleasure.
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Crazy Credits

In the credits for the baseball movie, "Jackie Cooler" plays "The Fridge." See more »


Referenced in Glee: Girls (and Boys) on Film (2013) See more »


Jubilee Stomp
(Duke Ellington [as Edward Ellington])
©Gotham Music Service, Inc. c/o Salabert/Universal
Performed by Duke Ellington
(p) Originally released 1928 Sony Music Entertainment
Courtesy of Universal Music Vision & Sony Music Entertainment France
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User Reviews

Fantastically Entertaining Film!!!
25 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I go to a lot of screenings and it is rare that once the credits roll I feel satisfied. One or more of the elements of most films just don't work together to create a feeling that you have been thoroughly entertained.

I am happy to say that this film DELIVERS! The acting is superb, the chemistry between all of the actors is sizzling, the comedy is absolutely hilarious, the storyline grips you and never lets go, the music is superb, and you feel emotionally connected with the characters and story.

If you check my previous reviews, you will see that I am most often moved to write a review when a film was really bad, but this film caught me completely off guard and I just had to express my overwhelming satisfaction with this filmmaking experience.

I can't imagine how difficult it must have been to try and finance a period film with two stars who were not well known outside of their own country. I am just overjoyed that it all came together. This is how film should make you feel when you leave the theater - entertained! To the entire production team - BRAVO!!

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