The Artist (PG)

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Reviewer tactilefog
This film is good, yes. Well made and slick. A Best Picture? No. It was too long and, to be honest, a little dull at times. Great acting though.
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A delight from beginning to end, when the audience claps at the end you know someone got it right.

Actor George Valentin (Dujardin), who bares a striking resemblance to Gene Kelly dominates the screen as the man of the moment, a star who hams it up both on and off screen for his adoring public. As the film progresses and his star falls, another rises the delightful Peppy Miller played by director Michel Hazanavicius real life wife Berenice Bejo.

The silent film era is coming to an end and making way for talkies,something Valentin is not ready to accept, to his detriment as we soon find out.

The fact that this is a silent movie filmed in black and white should NOT put you off seeing this one. Charming, amusing, beautifully crafted AND there is a cute dog,what more could you want.
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Reviewer Christine52
I wondered what all the fuss was about. This film did not really do it for me. It's a great trip down memory lane for those that were around when silent movies were around, but for the rest of us, it was it was a bit of a nothing story - about a silent movie actor that was rich and famous and then when talkies came in, wasn't prepared to change - thought it was a fad - yeah right. His side kick in all this came to his rescue when he reached rock bottom (his wife had left him by this stage - no glamour being married to a failure!) and gave him a home. She tried to get him to realise his mistake and to take the bull by the horns and to join this new era - finally he accepted - Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers were then the flavour, and so our actor with side kick went into song and dance. And yep, that's about it!!
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Reviewer chalkie
So refreshing to see something different on the big screen and so beautifully done from the original.
You don't even notice the "silence" until the very end when Jean Dujardin, who is the handsome lead as Valentin, speaks!
Bérénice Bejo who plays Peppy is gorgeous - as well as the perfect outfits her facial expressions are priceless! But the outstanding role is by Uggy the dog.....just go see The Artist and you will surely agree!
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