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The Artist (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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... George Valentin
... Peppy Miller
... Al Zimmer
... Clifton
... Doris
... Constance
... Peppy's Maid
... Peppy's Butler
... Policeman Fire
... Norma (as Bitsie Tulloch)
... Pawnbroker
... The Butler
... Auctioneer
... Policeman Tuxedo
... 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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for a disturbing image and a crude gesture | See all certifications »

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20 January 2012 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€2,258,297 (France), 16 October 2011, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$204,878, 18 November 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$44,671,682

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$133,432,856
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film was one of a group of films that were in competition at the 2012 Academy Awards that referenced film history. This film and Hugo (2011), which both won five Academy Awards, examined silent cinema; The Help (2011) referenced Gone with the Wind (1939), its Best Supporting Actress winner Octavia Spencer evoking Hattie McDaniel, who won the same award for her role in that classic; whilst My Week with Marilyn (2011) with two nominations was about the making of The Prince and the Showgirl (1957). See more »

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When George wakes up from his nightmare, he is clearly propped up on pillows, almost sitting upright, with at least two pillows stacked vertically behind his head and shoulders. However, three seconds later, when he gets out of bed, the pillows are stacked horizontally, with one in front of the other and none of them are vertical. See more »

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Doris: Why won't you talk?
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Crazy Credits

In the credit montages documenting Peppy Miller's rise to fame, in the movie where she plays a maid, the actor credited as playing "Mr Rogers" is "Jack Offman." See more »

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Love Scene
Music by Bernard Herrmann
Conducted by Elmer Bernstein
Performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
©Sony/ATV Harmony (cat. Famous)
(p) & (c) 1992 MILAN Entertainment, Inc.
Courtesy of Sony/ATV Music Publishing France & Milan Entertainment, Inc.
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Marvellous; one of the best movie experiences you'll ever have
11 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

The Artist arrived at the Toronto International Film Festival preceded by the accolades it received at Cannes, so expectations were high, but those expectations have been more than amply fulfilled. This film is an absolute marvel - charming, witty, surprising, moving, clever and beautiful. Filmmaking is about decisions, thousands and thousands of them, and everyone involved in The Artist makes every decision to perfection. The cinematography is ravishing in luminous black and white. The musical score, on which the film, being silent, is so dependant, is subtle when it needs to be subtle, dramatic when the occasion calls for it, and never overbearing or overwrought. The screenplay (yes, silent films do have screenplays) toys with the conventions of the silent era, paying homage to some of the greatest films of the first two or three decades of cinema history. The acting is flawless, extracting emotion and humour from a simple but classic storyline. The direction displays such self-assurance, and treats the audience with such respect, that it is almost like having a dialogue with the director.

The Artist is one of the most enjoyable movie experiences I have ever had. It deserves a wide audience and all sorts of awards. I can hardly wait to see it again.

And oh yes, if there is ever an Oscar for best animal performance, the dog in The Artist should receive a lifetime achievement award for this role alone.


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