#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
Plot: Hollywood, 1927: As silent movie star George Valentin wonders if the arrival of talking pictures will cause him to fade into oblivion, he sparks with Peppy Miller, a young dancer set for a big break.
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As colorful as any black and white film could ever be!
¨Look at what you’ve become. You’ve become proud! You’ve become stupid! ¨
The Artist is a beautiful film that pays homage to movies from the late 20’s and early 30’s, the silent film era. In order to do so, French director Michel Hazanavicius decided to make this film almost entirely without sound and in black and white. Many producers would’ve probably thought he was crazy for trying to make a film like this in these days where viewers are used to seeing spectacular and colorful movies with great sound and even in 3D. However, The Artist works perfectly and is one of the brightest films of the year despite being in black and white. The cinematography is spectacular (perhaps only rivaled this year by The Tree of Life and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), the costume design and editing are among the best of the year, and the score is also amazing. This is truly a beautiful film that many film historians will enjoy for the nice tribute it renders to the age of silent films. Many famous actors during this era weren’t able to make the transition to the talkies, and that is exactly what The Artist is about, and it does it in a very simplistic but stylized fashion. The film has been nominated for 10 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Performance by a Lead Actor (Jean Dujardin) and a Supporting Actress (Berenice Bejo). It will probably walk away with the Best Picture title considering how appealing the subject matter is to the Academy, and how well the film was crafted. Please don’t be scared off because the movie is silent or in black and white because the story is really entertaining and despite being colorless it is brighter than any other film released this year. It is really worth a watch; you won’t regret it.
The year is 1927 and George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is at the height of his artistic career. He is a very successful Hollywood actor and producer Al Zimmer (John Goodman) is very pleased with his work. After having succeeded together yet again in a recent film, they are already collaborating for their next project. During rehearsals for their next movie, George runs into an extra named Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo). They hit it off instantly sharing a dance number and George insists that Peppy should get the part. Pepper falls in love immediately with George, but he is married to Doris (Penelope Ann Miller) so their relationship is entirely professional. George gives Peppy the best advice she would ever receive: In order to make it in the industry she needs to be different and he paints a spot near her lip. This will be her trademark later on as she slowly begins rising to the spotlight during the arrival of the talkies. Valentin however, isn’t lucky and realizes his days as a successful actor are coming to an end with the advent of these talking pictures. People want to see new faces and hear their voices. Al Zimmer realizes this and breaks relations with George, so Valentin decides to produce, direct, and star in his own silent film. The movie is a failure as people want to see these new talkies, and as Valentin’s fame becomes to decline, Peppy Miller begins to grow into a superstar. Valentin is left with nothing except his faithful driver, Clifton (James Cromwell) and his Jack Russell Terrier named Jack. The times have changed for the great artists and fortunes are reversed.
The Artist is among my top ten favorite films of the year and it works really well, not only as homage to these silent films, but as a love story as well. Along with Midnight in Paris, these are perhaps the two best romantic movies of the year and would make for an excellent date. I’ve already mentioned some of the technical aspects, but now I would like to praise the performances from Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, and the dog (which was played in most part by Uggie). I can’t leave out the dog, because he plays an important role in this film, and in a way is Valentin’s faithful companion and savior. Jean Dujardin does deserve the Oscar nomination for his performance, he was terrific, and I think I enjoyed it over George Clooney’s. If he wins, it will be well deserved. My favorite performance of the film however, comes from Berenice Bejo, who was also nominated as a supporting actress. She is just terrific and shines every time she’s on screen. Her performance gives this black and white movie a lot of color. Both Bejo and Dujardin have worked together with director Hazanavicius in the past in the French spy spoof film OSS 117. I’ve never seen the movie, nor its sequel, but after seeing The Artist I’m very much interested in doing so. Overall this is a terrific film and one you won’t want to miss.
A very good film but I wish it hadn’t received so much praise.
“The Artist” is a great example of a very good film that was over-hyped by critics. Again and again, I heard how the film was a prime Oscar-contender. So, as a result, I had EXTREMELY high hopes–too high, actually. If I’d heard nothing about the film, I would have left the theater VERY satisfied.
Oddly, this film is the second homage to silent films that’s been released in the last few months. “HUGO” was simply brilliant (and my hope is that it gets the Best Picture nod) and “The Artist” is fortunately very good but quite different in style. It is, aside from one song with lyrics and the end of the film, silent with only some incidental music and occasional sound effects. It’s a reworking of the myth about TONS of silent stars losing their careers because of their inability to adapt to talking pictures (popularized by the film “Singing in the Rain”). I say ‘myth’ because actually very few major actors really lost their careers due to the coming of talking pictures. Two frequent examples often cited, Clara Bow and John Gilbert, really weren’t lost in talkies completely because of their voices. Sure, Bow had a thick New York accent–but her odd-screen antics (she was the Lindsay Lohan of her day) and fragile mental health really did a lot more to push her out of films. But Gilbert did some amazingly good talkies and his losing his career had a lot more to do with Louis B. Mayer hating him–as well as Gilbert’s heavy drinking–and nothing to do with his fine voice. But,…back to the story.
Jean Dujardin plays a huge silent film star–one very similar to Douglas Fairbanks. Along the way, he helps an aspiring actress (Bérénice Bejo) and soon she, too, becomes a star. However, when talking pictures come, she becomes a mega-star and Dujardin becomes a has-been. The plot is quite a bit like a reworking of “A Star is Born”–and is clever enough and new enough not to be repetitive. However, to me, the star of the film was actually Uggie–the wonderful dog (actually three different ones according to IMDb) who co-starred in Dujardin’s silent films.
So why am I only giving the film a very respectable 8 when critics are going crazy talking about it? Well, the story is originally but it’s also VERY simple. It is also, unfortunately, a tad predictable…though quite satisfying as well. Not a bad film–in fact, a very good one–with nice cinematography and music as well. But probably not among the very best films of the year.
FYI–Dujardin and Bejo have played together before–such as in the very funny James Bond-type comedy “OSS 117”–which is also very well worth seeing.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 40 min (100 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director Michel Hazanavicius
Writer Michel Hazanavicius
Actors Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell
Country France, Belgium, USA
Awards Won 5 Oscars. Another 156 wins & 204 nominations.
Production Company Jouror Productions, La Petite Reine, France 3 Cinéma, uFilm, Studio 37, JD Prod
Sound Mix Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 1.33 : 1
Camera Arriflex 435 ES, Panavision PVintage, Super Speed MKII and Lightweight Lenses
Laboratory DuboiColor, France (digital intermediate), Laboratoires Franay Tirages Cinematographiques (LTC), Paris, France, Scanlab, France
Film Length 2,755 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision3 500T 5219)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Super 35 (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (spherical) (Kodak Vision 2383), D-Cinema