- Michel Hazanavicius
- In Silent
- 100 mins
Showing as part of Play It Again
Universally adored by critics worldwide and winner of 5 Oscars and 7 BAFTA awards, The Artist is an uplifting and beguiling rags-to-riches tale brimming with fun and charisma. With numerous cinematic references, this dialogue-free film features a dazzling orchestral score by Ludovic Bource and is pure joy for fans of classic Hollywood films.
It’s 1927 and George Valentin is a silent film star at the top of his game; that is until the arrival of sound revolutionises the film industry and threatens his career. Peppy Miller, a talented young film fan, breathes new life into the studios but for George her arrival is both a blessing and a curse as she turns out to be not just a love interest, but also a studio rival.
Want to know if The Artist is for you? Read our staff reviews from Cornerhouse AV Technician Dave Petty and LiveWire Critic James Martin here. And Cornerhouse customer Michael Lyons also gives us his take on the film here.
Or maybe you would prefer to listen to our team review the film in this month’s podcast here.
Cast: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Malcolm McDowell
Last shown at Cornerhouse on Sat 7th Apr 2012
What a wonderful picture this is: one of those films you yearn to watch again and again, while yet being fearful of spoiling the experience. It is one of the most eloquent movies imaginable. *****
Dujardin and Bojo excel together, reining in any desire to compensate for their lack of dialogue by exaggerating the physicality of their roles, and offering up some delightful dance routines too. [...] By the end, it’s all you can do not to cheer on the seemingly star-crossed lovers and not to sigh about how they don’t make films like this anymore. Except, of course, Hazanavicius just has. ****
The real pleasure of The Artist is that Hazanavicius employ all the tricks and tics of silent cinema with canny care and not just coldly but with all the emotional and musical rhythm of the best of those films (the score is very effective). It’s a film about cinema that also has a heart: it moves between funny and sad and turns the dawn of the sound age into a personal tragedy, expressed as silent melodrama. ****
Time Out (London)
Set in Hollywood at the end of the 1920s, it’s essentially Singin’ in the Rain meets A Star is Born with some Citizen Kane thrown in. Most of all, however, it’s a great big hug of a movie guaranteed to send you out into the cold with a smile on your face. This elegantly crafted salute to yesteryear is well worth shouting about. ****
The Artist is more than a clever pastiche of antique amusements [...] An irresistible reminder of nearly everything that makes the movies great.
The New York Times