The Artist

Posted on January 8, 2012


The Artist – It’s a black and white film  set in the late 1920s.  Silent movie star George Valentin (think Clark Gable/Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.) played by Jean Duardin believes people just want to see him on the screen and that “talkies” will never make it.  Young Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), and Peppy is the perfect name for her, comes dancing into his life.  Her star starts to rise just as rapidly as his begins falling.  Then the stock market crashes and Valentin loses everything. 

 John Goodman, looking good,  plays the head of Kinograph Studios and James Cromwell “Babe” is Clifton, the chauffeur.  And an extremely talented dog named Uggie.  I don’t think there’s any chance silent movies will start making a comeback, but this one is definitely worth seeing.  Silence is golden.  Duardin won Best Actor award at Cannes and the  movie has received three Audience Awards at different film festivals.