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The Artist (2011)

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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

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

The titles shown on posters and outside cinemas often mirror the plot - for example, "The Thief of His Heart" is visible as Peppy tries on George's coat,"The Lonely Star" when George sadly crosses a street and "Guardian Angel" is the Peppy Miller film visible just after the auction. See more »

Goofs

During the montage of films starring Peppy Miller, the spelling of her name on the movie posters changes from Pepi to Peppy. This may be deliberate - it is not uncommon for those with small parts to have their names misspelled. See more »

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[last lines]
Assistant Director: And... action!
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Crazy Credits

The following film is presented in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio, as intended by the filmmakers. See more »

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Referenced in Conan: The 24th Annual NERF Product Expo (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Pennies From Heaven
Texte by Johnny Burke, Music by Arthur Johnston
©Chappell & Co. - 1936
Courtesy of Warner Chappell Music France
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Silent pictures? They deserve better than this.
5 February 2012 | by anches-725-976306See all my reviews

I won't mince words here: for me this was a desperately disappointing film. I am a passionate fan of the movies, especially the silents, of which I have seen more than a hundred, ranging from the excellent to the almost unwatchable and I must say that "The Artist" does not come up to my expectations. I shall be very surprised if it wins any major awards. It is not a silent film, it is not even a silent film with recorded musical score and occasional sound effects like, say "Sunset" or "The Trail of '98", it is more like a talkie with the dialogue track muted. The musical score is completely wrong as it sounds to me a couple of decades later than the period of the film. There is too much lip movement and there are too few titles: silent movie lovers will know that by the end of the silent era, titles were used sparingly and the unheard dialogue was short and to the point. Add to this the fact that the lead characters were not particularly likable and the film was too long. I was expecting a tribute to the art form I love and ended up watching a spoof! I much prefer "Singin' in the Rain"-at least it is an honest spoof.


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