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The Artist (2011)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 20 January 2012 (USA)
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An egomaniacal film star develops a relationship with a young dancer against the backdrop of Hollywood's silent era.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Dujardin ... George Valentin
Bérénice Bejo ... Peppy Miller
John Goodman ... Al Zimmer
James Cromwell ... Clifton
Penelope Ann Miller ... Doris
Missi Pyle ... Constance
Beth Grant ... Peppy's Maid
Ed Lauter ... Peppy's Butler
Joel Murray ... Policeman Fire
Elizabeth Tulloch ... Norma (as Bitsie Tulloch)
Ken Davitian ... Pawnbroker
Malcolm McDowell ... The Butler
Basil Hoffman ... Auctioneer
Bill Fagerbakke ... Policeman Tuxedo
Nina Siemaszko ... Admiring Woman (as Nina Siemazko)
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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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Release Date:

20 January 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$204,878, 27 November 2011

Gross USA:

$44,671,682

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$133,432,856
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1.33 : 1
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The breakfast montage in this movie, showing the breakdown of the marriage, is a direct tribute to an almost identical montage in Orson Welles' Citizen Kane (1941). See more »

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George's chauffeur driven car is a Lincoln supposedly from 1929. It is actually a later model, most likely a 1932. See more »

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Assistant Director: And... action!
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Pennies From Heaven
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With Pleasure
26 December 2011 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Remember the last silent film that received this much adoration, acclaim and publicity? Of course you don't. It was 1927 and Clara Bow starred in "Wings", the most recent silent film to be nominated for Best Picture (it won). My guess is, that streak is about to end thanks to French writer/director Michel Hazanavicius.

No doubt many will avoid this one since it is a Black & White silent film. What a mistake that would be. It offers a wonderfully entertaining and captivating story, and two outstanding and expressive lead performances. Jean Dujardin is remarkable as George Valentin, one of the biggest movie stars in 1927 (when this story begins). It's around this time when the "talkies" begin taking over. Valentin is a very likable character, but foolishly believes talking movies are a fad and his fans will remain loyal to him and his traditional silent films. Not only do talkies take off, but the Great Depression also hits. Valentin finds himself out of work and broke.

The most fun in the film occurs when Valentin and Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) are together. Their characters have a chance meeting and there is an instant spark. Valentin gets her the first break of her career and before long, she is on the rise as fast as he free falls. Only Valentin's dog and driver (James Cromwell) remain loyal to him during the tough times, but Peppy refuses to let the bond die.

It's impossible to watch this film and not notice the influence of "Singin' in the Rain" and "Sunset Blvd". Also, Dujardin's Valentin looks to be a cross between Douglas Fairbanks and Gene Kelly, replete with the electric matinée idol smile. Both Dujrardin and Ms. Bejo (who is the director's real life girlfriend) have the elastic face and bright eyes necessary for silent film stardom. They really allow us as viewers to forget the silence and enjoy the characters.

This is a fully realized story with excellent character development. You might wonder how this is possible with no dialogue, but that's why this is a must see film garnering an abundance of critical acclaim. It's very easy to access and is purely entertaining ... with both moments of happiness and sadness. It has everything a really good movie should have ... just with fewer lines of dialogue!


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