December 27, 2011
Imagine a young French filmmaker who is able to catch the true spirit of Hollywood during the transition from the silent films to the "talkies" and then put a leading French actor--popular throughout France today--as the George Valentin American swashbuckler character...and then call the movie "The Artist." Dujardin is a pleasure to watch on screen. You will be mesmerized by his performance. Add to it the antics of a lovable Jack Terrier dog, and well,
there you have it, a delightful film with a grand musical score and all without talking! Okay, it does have a few slides in it like the old silent films did to speak the dialogue in words on a scene here or there....but overall, it's volume muted. This should not be missed on the big screen. Definitely not for kids though, due to some disturbing violent elements having to due with depression, drinking, and an attempted suicide, in addition to a character trying to set their personal belongings on fire. Overall a positive film...
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