Saturday, 4 February 2012
The Artist: Who'da thunk?
And before you say it - The Artist is not just a rehash of Singin' in the Rain - far from it. It is an exceptionally comical, but moving tale of a big star George Valentin ( Jean Dujardin) who loses everything with the advent of talkies, and it's all down to the new star of Hollywood, Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo) to help him out.
The film has been nominated for Best Picture, and I would bet money on it winning - what a pleasant surprise, and surreal experience it was to watch a silent film, made in the 21st Century, that was at the same great standard as it's predecessors from 80+ years earlier. In my opinion, The Artist joins the other great silent pictures like Modern Times, Greed, Broken Blossoms et al. as well as all the other great talking pictures over the century. The Artist is a classic - my deepest congratulations and thanks go to the makers of the film, the stars of the film, and all who contributed in making the unbelievable a reality.
The ending too - is absolutely perfect. I was hoping they would end it the way the did - it was the only way to end it! Truly capturing the beauty, magic, pathos and nature of silent film and of the era, but also highlighting the tragic, and sometimes fatal truth of what came with the production of talkies, and the abandonment of silents.