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.
An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene.
Richard E. Grant
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 scene where George informs Al Zimmer that he will continue to make silents while the studio makes talkies, he picks up a poster of the new Kinograph stars as he is leaving. With the exception of Peppy Miller, all of the stars listed on the poster - _Johnny Hines_, _Rod La Rocque_, _Wesley Barry_, _Anita Page_, _Lucille Ricksen_ and _Irene Rich (I)_ - were real silent film stars whose stardom faded after the advent of talkies. All of them continued to act in movies, but mostly in supporting roles. Wesley Barry, a child star, became an assistant director in television. Anita Page appeared in the first talkie and the first musical to win the Best Picture Oscar, The Broadway Melody (1929), and was given a separate In Memoriam at the 81st Oscar Ceremony as the last major surviving silent film star to pass away. 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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