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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:
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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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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France | USA | Belgium

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

20 January 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beauty Spot See more »

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Box Office

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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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

On BAFTA 2012 Red Carpet, Jean Dujardin said in an interview that the movie was shot in just 35 days. See more »

Goofs

When Valintin destroys his film prints he opens can after can of film and takes out reels of film. The reels have rolled edges and are the type manufactured by Goldberg Bros. or Tayloreel Co. in the late 1940's at the earliest. In the thirties film reels did not have rolled edges and a projectionist could burn or cut his hand if he tried to stop a rapidly spinning reel. Most reels were of a spoked design having 4, 5 or 6 "arms" or spokes. A few reels were manufactured with circular holes but they usually had 6, not 5 holes. Further, the film cans he empties are "raw stock" cans, designed to hold film "off reel". The additional thickness of the metal reel would not allow the lid of the can to close making that type of can useless for mounted prints. Films on reels would always be kept in fireproof rectangular metal shipping cases. However, the public recognizes film "cans" better than shipping cases, which is probably why they used them in this scene. See more »

Quotes

Al Zimmer: Perfect! Beautiful! Could you give me just one more?
George Valentin: With pleasure.
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Pennies From Heaven
Texte by Johnny Burke, Music by Arthur Johnston
©Chappell & Co. - 1936
Courtesy of Warner Chappell Music France
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A Breath Of Fresh Vintage Air
26 November 2011 | by M. J ArocenaSee all my reviews

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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