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.
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 »
In the film within a film at the beginning, the characters escape in an airplane called a Ryan ST. This plane was not built until 1934, well after the film is set. See more »
You and I belong to another era, George. The world is talking now. People want new faces, talking faces. I wish it wasn't like this, but the public wants fresh meat, and the public is never wrong.
I'm the one people come to see. They never needed to hear me.
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The following film is presented in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio, as intended by the filmmakers. See more »
What a treat. I left the theater sort of floating. Delighted. A European film looking back at Hollywood better than Hollywood has been able to do for years. "A Star Is Born" and "Singing In The Rain" mixed in a glorious black and white cocktail. Silent, yes silent! But with a fabulous score and so much panache. Jean Dujardin is the revelation of the year. What a performance! Running the gamut of emotions, leaving us breathless, and if this wasn't enough, a rousing tap dance routine in the style of Fred Astaire and Eleanor Powell, partnering with the wonderful Berenice Bejo. I know that it's not just me. The audience applauded and cheered as the end credits rolled.
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