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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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Peppy's Maid
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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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Release Date:

20 January 2012 (USA)  »

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Beauty Spot  »

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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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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film's art direction and production design was inspired by two F.W. Murnau classics, Sunrise (1927) and City Girl (1930). See more »

Goofs

In the restaurant scene where Peppy is giving an interview, there is a shot from behind where the person wearing the headset has just one ear covered by the headset. In the next shot from the front both his ears are covered. See more »

Quotes

Al Zimmer: You and I belong to another era, George. The world is talking now. People want new faces, talking faces. I wish it wasn't like this, but the public wants fresh meat, and the public is never wrong.
George Valentin: I'm the one people come to see. They never needed to hear me.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are styled after the style of opening used in the 1920s and 1930s, complete with technical credits shown the way they would have been then. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.60 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

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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I Don't Understand the Universal Praise
30 January 2012 | by See all my reviews

I really don't get it. My wife and I went to see The Artist this past Saturday and I was left with an overwhelming feeling of "meh." Which is really surprising, given the almost universal, glowing praise this film has been getting--what with Golden Globe awards and Oscar nominations, etc (not to mention all the 10-star reviews here on IMDb).

I just didn't see anything special here. I mean, they filmmakers did a fairly good job of recreating a silent film, but they didn't take it any further than that. The plot, acting, etc, was no better or worse than a real silent film. I've seen many much, much better silent films on TCM's Silent Sundays each weekend. Those who are gushing over this movie have apparently not seen very many real silent films from the 20s. If they had, I think they'd have found this film kind of a "been there, seen that" kind of experience as I did. Or maybe this Artist-Praise-Hysteria is mostly the result of folks desperately wanting to jump onto the bandwagon of the newest "cool" thing.

The thing that bothered me most (besides the stretches of tedium) was that the cinematography was distractingly flat and gray--there were no real blacks and no real whites. I understand from articles I've read that this low-contrast, glowy B&W was intentional. But I didn't like it. Just looked like it was poorly shot with a bad video camera with the contrast turned all the way down. (this wasn't helped by the fact that the theatre I saw it in now presents all their "films" via digital projection--a process that, in my opinion, has NOT been perfected yet and is still too "low res" for cinema).

All in all, "The Artist" should be nothing more than a minor, vaguely interesting experiment that would have had a better home on video. How it has become an indie sensation with Oscar nominations is a totally mysterious to me. Wonder how much money it took to convince us all that is was a masterpiece?


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