Michel Hazanavicius' stylistically daring, dialogue-free comedy-drama The Artist stars Jean Dujardin as George Valentin, a matinee idol in Hollywood before the dawn of talkies. His marriage is far from perfect, and one day he meets ambitious chorus girl Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo) and is smitten. Very quickly thereafter, sound comes to movies, and George sinks all his money into one last epic silent film, while Peppy becomes a star in the new era. John Goodman co-stars as the head of the film studio working with Valentin. The Artist played at both the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
One of those horrible movies that wins awards because it is Hollywood patting itself on the back for being Hollywood (even though it is a French film). Black and white film with no, or little, sound. Kind of like listening to the the New York Philhamonic on a crank, tulip horn Victrola. You can do it.....but why? We have the technology for sight and sound experiences in movies.....why do a black and white silent film? I'll tell you why.....novelty. And it's not like the story is even any good. It's been told before and is simplistic and predictable.....as it needs to be since it has no dialogue to flesh out a story. I literally fell asleep three times in the theater.....the last time a head snapper that left me with a sore neck for two days. Even my wife hated it....as did at least a half dozen other couples who simply got up and left in disgust. If you want to watch a boring film of the film industry patting itself on the back, watch this one. Half star goes to the dog.
This was a dog of a movie and the dog in it was the only ggod thing about it. How this won best picture is beyond me-Bow Wow! They should have made the oscar out of dog treats and given it to the pooch. What a joke.