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The Artist

The Artist

A film by Michel Hazanavicius

Movie review

Falling silent movie star (Jean Dujardin) meets rising talkie star (Bérénice Bejo) – that’s the gist of this wonderful and aesthetically irreproachable film set in late 1920s, early 30s Hollywood. Shot in black and white, in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio and with no dialogue, The Artist is not a spoof but a sincere homage, a veritable love letter to the silent era. Jean Dujardin’s dashing and debonair performance, which emulates the likes of Gene Kelly, Cary Grant and Douglas Fairbanks, contributes greatly to the success of this romantic tragicomedy. Bérénice Bejo is a joy as well, and so is the supporting cast (including John Goodman and James Cromwell). Oh, and let’s not forget about Uggy the dog, who may just be my favourite character in the flick!

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